Feb. 12 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

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ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkey’s ultimate goal in its military operation in northern Syria is not the town of al-Bab alone but clearing the region of terrorism.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
“The ultimate goal is to establish a 5,000-square-kilometre terror-free zone,” the president told reporters at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport prior to his departure for Bahrain. (Turkey-Mission in Syria)
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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that while U.S. President Donald Trump might be more “convenient” to Israel than his predecessor Barack Obama, the new administration might still set limits.
“After eight years of complicated maneuvering in the Obama era, we need to continue to act judiciously during the Trump era,” Netanyahu said three days before meeting with Trump. (Israel-U.S.)
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RAMALLAH — Palestinians slammed Sunday the U.S. veto against the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to head a UN mission in Libya.
Member of Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee Hanan Ashrawi described the U.S. position as “a case of blatant discrimination on the basis of national identity.” (Palestine-U.S.)
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RIYADH — United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, called on Sunday for fighting incitements linking terrorism with Islam, reported the Al Arabiya local news agency.
He highlighted the importance of the UN-Saudi counterterrorism cooperation, stressing determination in assisting countries fighting terrorism. (UN-Terrorism) Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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