Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 16

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ALGIERS -- Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday appointed a new foreign minister as part of a cabinet reshuffle, the spokesperson for the presidency announced.

Ahmed Attaf was named to replace Ramtane Lamamra as the foreign minister, said the spokesman in a statement. Attaf served as foreign minister in the 1990s and was an ambassador for Algeria to the United Kingdom. (Algeria-Partial Cabinet Reshuffle)

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TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian diplomat said on Thursday that Iran will soon send its ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ali Bagheri Kani, Iranian deputy foreign minister for political affairs, said that Iran has appointed the envoy and the process of dispatching him to Abu Dhabi is going through its final stages, reported the official news agency IRNA. (Iran-UAE-Ambassador)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's top security official said on Thursday that Iran stands ready to strengthen economic and trade cooperation with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), while calling for regional cooperation to reject foreign interference.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, made the remarks in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi during a meeting with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reported Iran's Nour News, which is affiliated with the Iranian top security body. (Iran-UAE-Visit)

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RAMALLAH -- Four Palestinians were shot dead on Thursday by Israeli soldiers who stormed the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Another 20 Palestinians were wounded, four of whom were in serious conditions, the statement added. (Palestine-Israel-Clash) Enditem

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