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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 6

07 Aug 2020, 07:59 GMT+10

BEIRUT -- French President Emmanuel Macron underlined on Thursday the need to create a new political order in Lebanon, MTV local TV channel reported.

"Lebanon is in urgent need for national unity to implement reforms in energy, customs sectors, the fight against corruption in addition to conducting a transparent auditing for the central bank and the whole banking system," Macron said in a press conference held at the Pine Residence. (Lebanon-France-Macron)

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ANKARA -- Turkey said Thursday that a maritime border agreement signed by Egypt and Greece is "null and void" and Ankara would not allow any activities in the area.

"A maritime boundary between Greece and Egypt does not exist. With respect to Turkey, the so-called maritime delimitation agreement signed today is null and void. This understanding will reflect on the ground and at the table," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a written statement on Thursday. (Turkey-Egypt-Greece)

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BEIRUT -- Tony Ramy, president of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants in Lebanon, announced on Thursday that material damage to the tourism sector are valued at around 1 billion U.S. dollars following the two huge explosions rocked Beirut on Tuesday.

"We have lost our lifetime investments," Ramy tweeted. (Lebanon-Explosions-Tourism)

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RIYADH -- Saudi-led coalition announced on Thursday the interception of a bomb-laden drone launched by the Houthis toward the kingdom.

Coalition spokesperson Turki Al Maliki confirmed that the attack occurred on Thursday morning, accusing the militia of breaching the Stockholm Agreement and the ceasefire decision, the Saudi Press Agency reported. (Saudi Arabia-Yemen-Drone)

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