Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 10

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TEHRAN — Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met on Sunday evening visiting First Vice Foreign Minister of Republic of Korea (ROK) Choi Jong Kun, and demanded release of Iran’s foreign exchange assets frozen in the ROK.

“For about two and a half years, South Korean banks have illegally frozen Iran’s foreign exchange assets, citing fear of the United States’ sanctions,” Araqchi said during the meeting, official news agency IRNA reported. (Iran-ROK-Assets)

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CAIRO — Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi on Sunday discussed the efforts to resume the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process ahead of a quartet meeting on the issue.

During a meeting in Cairo, the two top diplomats focused on the ways to support the Palestinian cause, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Egypt-Jordan-Israeli-Palestinian Peace)

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KHARTOUM — The African Union on Sunday announced failure of the latest round of talks between Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), official SUNA news agency reported.

Naledi Pandor, the international relations and cooperation minister of South Africa, current chair of the African Union, expressed regret over the deadlock the talks have reached, SUNA said. (Sudan-Ethiopia-Nile Dam)

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BAGHDAD — Iraqi President Barham Salih on Sunday warned against any foreign interference in Iraq’s internal affairs and urged respect for Iraq’s sovereignty.

Salih’s comments came during his meeting with the head of the Hashd Shaabi forces Falih al-Fayadh, according to a statement by the Presidency’s media office. (Iraq-Internal Affairs-Foreign Interference)