Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 15

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TEHRAN — Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that his country’s current talks with the European Union (EU) “are focused on finding practical solutions to the current problems and impasse in Vienna,” as reported by the official website of Iran’s foreign ministry.

He made the remarks in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday after an EU official visited Tehran, and described talks between Iranian officials and Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora as “positive.” (Iran-Nuclear-Talk)

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Friday to provide all kinds of support to the Afghan people as long as the Taliban administration protects their rights on every platform.

“We will give all kinds of support… as long as the new administration in Afghanistan takes a fair approach in protecting the rights of the Afghan people in international relations,” Erdogan told reporters after Friday prayers in Istanbul. (Turkey-Afghanistan-Protection)

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ANKARA — Turkey on Friday confirmed 30,694 new COVID-19 cases, raising its total tally of infections to 7,601,626, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 181 to 67,225, while 25,513 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. (Turkey-COVID19-Case)

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RAMALLAH — Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian young man on Thursday night near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses said.

The Palestinian young man, whose identity wasn’t immediately known, was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the town of Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem, the sources told Xinhua. (Palestine-Israel-Killing)