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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 6

Xinhua
07 Dec 2021, 08:44 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iran's foreign ministry said on Monday it is time for the parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement to clarify their position regarding the lifting of the sanctions on Iran.

"We hope they do not think that the Islamic Republic of Iran will accept anything less than (the fulfillment of) their commitments" under the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), said Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the Iranian ministry. (Iran-Nuclear Agreement)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Monday discussed ending the combat role of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq.

Al-Kadhimi received a phone call from Truss, and the two discussed the coordination between Baghdad and London regarding ending the combat role of the U.S.-led coalition forces and shifting to advise and support role to enhance security and stability in Iraq and the region, a statement by al-Kadhimi's media office said. (Iraq-Britain-Forces-Withdrawal)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey aims to enhance its relations and boost cooperation with the Gulf countries.

"We will maintain our relations with our brothers and sisters in the Gulf, without any differentiation, within the framework of our common interests and mutual respect," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul before departing to Qatar's capital Doha. (Turkey-Gulf Countries-Relations)

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CAIRO -- Mexican film The Hole in the Fence, directed by Joaquin del Paso, won the top Golden Pyramid Award for Best Film out of 15 films contesting in the International Competition of the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which concluded on Sunday evening with a festive gala at Egypt's Cairo Opera House.

The 100-minute fiction tells a story taking place at a secluded summer camp in the Mexican countryside, where boys from a prestigious private school receive physical, moral and religious training to become tomorrow's elite. However, the discovery of a mysterious hole in the perimeter fence triggers a series of disturbing events. (Cairo-Film Festival-Award)

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