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Cyprus and Jordan on Thursday committed to further enhancing bilateral relations on all levels, 60 years after the two states initiated diplomatic ties.

President Nicos Anastasiades received at the palace the Hashemite Kingdom’s Foreign Minister Ayman Al Safadi, here on a two-day working visit.

The two sides discussed the Middle East peace process, the situation in Ukraine in light of the ongoing Russian invasion, the emerging energy and food crises, EU-Jordan relations, as well as other current regional and international issues of common interest.

They also discussed bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas, including in dealing with natural disasters, climate change and defence.

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Turkey on Wednesday stopped NATO members from starting talks on the bids launched by Finland and Sweden to join the alliance, a diplomatic source told DW correspondent Teri Schultz, currently on assignment in Stockholm.

Helsinki and Sweden handed their official bid to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday morning.

All ambassadors representing NATO member states were ready to back a decision to open the talks on Finland and Sweden’s membership bid on Wednesday — except Turkey.

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Russian forces opened fire on Israeli jets with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles as they allegedly attacked targets in northwestern Syria last week, Channel 13 news reported Monday, in what could signal a significant shift in Moscow’s attitude to Israel.

The report said the Syrian military fired off dozens of anti-aircraft missiles which have been largely ineffective at halting the hundreds of Israeli strikes on Syria in recent years.

However, this time the S-300 batteries also opened fire as the jets were departing the area and ultimately did not present a real threat to the IAF fighters, the report said, noting that Syria’s S-300 batteries are operated by the Russian military and cannot fire without their approval.

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On Tuesday, Tehran said Turkiye’s construction of dams on shared waterways was “unacceptable”, calling on its neighbour to stop such activity.

Iran has in recent years faced frequent droughts, caused in part by climate change as well as dam construction in neighbouring countries.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry yesterday rejected Iranian accusations that its dam-building activities have caused droughts in the region.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz will remain in the hospital after undergoing tests, including a colonoscopy, state media reported on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon doctors performed a colonoscopy “and the result was sound,” the official Saudi Press Agency later said.

“The medical team decided to keep him in the hospital for some time to rest,” the report said.

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