Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 24

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CAIRO -- Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit on Wednesday welcomed the political agreement signed between Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to end the month-old political crisis in the country.

Aboul-Gheit, in a phone conversation with Sudanese top officials, reiterated the pan-Arab body's full support for the transitional process in Sudan. (Sudan-Arab League-Political Deal)


JERUSALEM -- Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will travel to Europe next week to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss mainly the resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna, Lapid's office said Wednesday.

Lapid will meet Johnson in London and Macron in Paris, and the talks will focus on "the resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna as well as the deepening of bilateral relations between Israel, Britain, and France," according to a statement by Lapid's office. (Israel-Europe-Nuke Talks)


TEHRAN -- The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) denied that the agency has upheld any political stance against Iran, Iran's Press TV reported Wednesday.

"In fact, with Iran (and) the decisions it took, we never had a political stance on them. We simply continued to do our technical job," Rafael Grossi said in an exclusive interview with Press TV in Tehran. (Iran-IAEA-Visit)


JERUSALEM -- The Jerusalem Municipality approved on Wednesday the establishment of a massive new Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem.

A spokesperson with the Jerusalem Municipality confirmed in a statement that the plan, prepared by the Housing Ministry, was endorsed by Jerusalem's Local Planning and Construction Committee. (Israel-Settlement-Jerusalem)

Under the plan, some 9,000 new housing units would be constructed in the new neighborhood, called Atarot. Enditem

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