Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 20

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's ruling and military-dominated Transitional Sovereign Council on Thursday agreed to the formation of a government of national competencies led by a civilian prime minister to complete the tasks of the ongoing transitional period.

Chairman of the council Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan made clear the council's stand when he received a U.S. delegation, headed by U.S. Assistant State Secretary Molly Phee and Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa David Satterfield, at the Republican Palace, the council said in a statement. (Sudan-Government)


CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and his visiting South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in agreed on Thursday on the importance of boosting joint cooperation to support Egypt's vision, the Presidency office of Egypt said in a statement.

This is the first visit by a South Korean president in 16 years, according to Bassam Rady, spokesperson of Egypt's presidency. (Egypt-South Korea-Cooperation)


JERUSALEM -- Israeli and Turkish foreign ministers on Thursday held a phone talk for the first time in 13 years.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid's office said in a statement that his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu called him to inquire about his health following his COVID-19 diagnosis. (Israel-Turkey-FMs-Phone Talk)


DAMASCUS -- The Islamic State (IS) on Thursday attacked a Kurdish-run prison in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah in an attempt to free IS inmates, a war monitor reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the IS militants blew off the gate of the Sina'a prison in Hasakah with a booby-trapped car and an explosive-laden fuel tanker. (Syria-IS-Prison Break) Enditem

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