Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 23

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KHARTOUM — Sudan’s Sovereign Council said U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday officially signed a decision removing Sudan from the list of states sponsoring terrorism.

“The announcement will be made soon,” the sovereign council said in a statement. (Sudan-Terror List)

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JERUSALEM — Israel on Friday announced that the country was taking steps to normalize ties with Sudan.

“Today we are announcing a dramatic breakthrough for peace,” read a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday evening, “What a great revolution.” (Israel-Sudan-Normalization)

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RAMALLAH — Palestine on Friday condemned the normalization of relations between Sudan and Israel.

The Palestinian Presidency affirmed in a statement its condemnation and rejection of normalizing relations with Israel that seizes the land of Palestine. (Israel-Sudan-Palestine)

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TEHRAN — Iran sanctioned U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Two other U.S. officials were also blacklisted by Iran, Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted on Friday, noting that the blacklisted U.S. officials were all involved in the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the former commander of the Quds Forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, on Jan. 3 near Baghdad International Airport. (Iran-U.S. ambassador-Baghdad)