Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 19

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TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian political official said on Sunday that Saudi Arabian king has invited Iran's president to visit Riyadh.

Mohammad Jamshidi, deputy chief of staff for political affairs to the Iranian president, made the remarks in a post on his Twitter page, saying the invitation was extended to Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in a letter. (Iran-Saudi Arabia-Visit)

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TEHRAN -- Iran and Iraq on Sunday signed an agreement on security cooperation in Baghdad, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported.

The deal was signed by visiting Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani and Iraq's National Security Adviser Qasim al-Araji following their meeting earlier in the day, in a ceremony also attended by Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani. (Iraq-Iran-Security Cooperation)

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DAMASCUS/ABU DHABI -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid a state visit accompanied by his wife Asma al-Assad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday, according to the Syrian presidency and the UAE official WAM news agency.

The Syrian president and First Lady were received by UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan upon their arrival at Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. (UAE-Syrian president-State Visit)

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CAIRO -- The Palestinian National Authority and Israel reaffirmed their commitment on Sunday to advancing security, stability and peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.

According to a communique released after a meeting between officials from the two sides, Egypt, Jordan and the United States in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh, the parties recognized the necessity of de-escalation on the ground, the prevention of further violence, as well as of pursuing confidence-building measures, and addressing outstanding issues through direct dialogue. (Egypt-Israel-Palestine-Peace) Enditem

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