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

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CAIRO — Egypt will inaugurate the second production line for manufacturing China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines in five weeks, said Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed on Thursday.

The vaccines are being produced by Egypt’s state-owned vaccine maker VACSERA in the Agouza district of Giza province near the Egyptian capital of Cairo, under an agreement that it signed with the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac. (Egypt-China-Vaccine)


TRIPOLI — The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah on Thursday met with the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (parliament) Fawzi al-Noweri in the capital Tripoli, where they discussed the latest political developments in Libya and the national reconciliation.

“During the meeting, the two officials stressed the importance of efforts to hold successful elections in Libya,” said a statement issued by the government’s information office. (Libya-Parliament-Election)


ALGIERS — Algerian Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid announced Thursday that half of the targeted population in Algeria have been vaccinated against the COVID-19.

Benbouzid made the remarks after a meeting with other government officials, the official APS news agency reported. (Algeria-COVID19-Vaccination)


KUWAIT CITY — The Chinese embassy in Kuwait held on Thursday an online celebration of the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

During a speech at the celebration, Li Minggang, Chinese Ambassador to Kuwait, said that over the past year, China met various challenges and marched forward with new achievements despite the impact of major changes in the world situation and the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kuwait-China-Embassy)