RABAT -- Libya's two rival legislative bodies agreed on Thursday to resume talks in Morocco in the last week of September.
In a joint statement issued at the end of a five-day meeting in Bouznika, the High Council of State based in the Libyan capital Tripoli and the eastern-based House of Representatives said they "have reached a comprehensive agreement on the criteria and mechanisms to occupy the keys posts of sovereignty." (Morocco-Libya-Peace Talks)
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DOHA -- The government of Qatar announced on Thursday that a fresh round of Afghanistan peace talks will start in the Qatari capital Doha on Sept. 12, according to the Qatar news agency (QNA).
"The Afghanistan peace negotiations will commence in Doha on Saturday ... These vital direct negotiations between the different Afghan parties represent a step forward in bringing lasting peace to Afghanistan," QNA quoted a Qatari government statement as saying. (Qatar-Afghanistan-Talks)
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TEHRAN -- Iran's army started on Thursday large-scale naval manoeuvres near the Strait of Hormuz, official news agency IRNA reported.
"The 69th squadron of the Naval Force, consisting of the Sahand destroyer and the Bandar Abbas support ship, are now in the Indian Ocean. Other units are present at the exercise," said Rear Admiral Shahram Irani, spokesman for the exercise code-named Zolfaqar-99. (Iran-Military-Drill)
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GAZA -- A senior Egyptian security intelligence delegation arrived in the besieged Gaza Strip on Thursday to hold talks with leaders of the Islamic Hamas movement, Hamas security sources said.
The sources told Xinhua that the delegation crossed through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing point between northern Gaza Strip and Israel. (Palestine-Egypt-Hamas)