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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 4

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05 Jul 2022, 08:18 GMT+10

BEIRUT -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said on Monday he opposes taking unofficial actions to deal with the maritime border demarcation issue with Israel.

"Lebanon considers that any action outside the diplomatic context pursued by the government to settle maritime border demarcation with Israel is unacceptable and exposes the country to unnecessary risks," a statement issued by Lebanon's Council of Ministers (Lebanon-Israel-Maritime Border-Dispute)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel and Poland have agreed to improve their ties, which were stained over Polish legislation to limit Jewish Holocaust restitution claims, an Israeli statement said on Monday.

"It was agreed that relations would be restored to their proper course," said a statement released on behalf of Israeli President Isaac Herzog after he held a phone talk with Polish President Andrzej Duda. (Israel-Poland-Ties)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) on Monday reported record-breaking revenue of seven billion U.S. dollars for the fiscal year 2021/2022, up 20.7 percent from a year earlier.

"The income is the highest figure ever recorded and is over a fifth higher than the previous fiscal year's 5.8 billion U.S. dollars in transit fees," said SCA Chairman Osama Rabie, adding some 1.32 billion tons of cargo were shipped through the canal in the fiscal year, which ended on June 30. (Egypt-Suez Canal-Revenue)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday slammed as "irresponsible" the move by the United States and the E3 group of France, Britain and Germany to propose the anti-Tehran resolution to the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) while the nuclear talks were underway to reach an agreement.

Making the remarks in a meeting with the new Swiss ambassador to Tehran Nadine Olivieri Lozano, Raisi said the move was also "in violation of the spirit of negotiation and agreement and indicative of the four countries' contradictory behavior," according to the Iranian presidency's website. (Iran-US-Nuclear Talks)

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