News summary from Xinhua, Middle East at 2200 GMT, Aug 27


TEHERAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called on regional countries to support the formation of an inclusive government that includes all ethnic and political groups in Afghanistan, Tasnim news agency reported on Friday.

Iran is asking regional countries to help establish peace and security in the region without relying on foreign interference, Raisi said at a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Tehran on Thursday. (Iran-Afghanistan Policy)


TEHERAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed issues such as bilateral relations, the current situation in Afghanistan and nuclear talks, Press TV reported on Friday.

In a telephone conversation on Thursday, the two diplomats underlined the need for bilateral cooperation at international level, particularly with a view to Afghanistan. (Iran-Russia Policy)


CAIRO – An Egyptian archaeological mission unearthed the remains of a residential and trading town from the Greco-Roman times in the city of Alexandria on the north coast on Friday.

During the excavation work in the al-Shatby district, “the mission … found a large network of tunnel tanks painted pink to hold rain, flood and groundwater to be used during design time,” said Mostafa Waziri, Secretary – General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt. (Egypt Archeology Discovery)


Cairo – Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called for dialogue on Friday to end the diplomatic divide between Algeria and Morocco.

Shoukry made the remarks during two separate phone calls with his Algerian and Moroccan counterparts Ramtane Lamamra and Nasser Bourita, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Egypt-Algeria-Morocco crack)

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