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Support for Palestine

The Iranian president says Tehran and Ankara will continue to support the defenseless people of Palestine against Israeli oppression. Ebrahim Raeisi made the remark during a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, RejepTayyip Erdogan. Raeisi noted that close cooperation between the two countries is essential to establish security and stability in the region. Erdogan, for his part, told the Iranian president that Tehran-Ankara relations would undoubtedly expand under Raeisi’s administration.

Israel-Morocco ties

Israel’s foreign minister has met with Moroccan officials in the first visit by a top Israeli official to the Kingdom in 18 years. Yair Lapid and his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, signed three agreements during the visit. The development comes days after direct flights between Israel and Morocco were launched. The trip also comes after rights groups last month accused the Kingdom of having used Israeli spyware Pegasus, an allegation Rabat has denied. Israel and Morocco struck a normalization deal last year after former US President Donald Trump recognized Rabat’s contested sovereignty over Western Sahara.

Afghanistan fighting

The Taliban have denied reports of targeting and killing civilians in their offensive against Afghan government forces. In a statement, the militant group called for an independent investigation into the issue, adding that all its attacks have been carried out with precision and caution. The statement came after the United Nations said over 1,000 civilians have been killed during the clashes over the past month. The Taliban have stepped up their fight against the Afghan government and have so far captured nine of 34 provincial capitals in the country. Their advances led to the Afghan president replacing the country's army chief on Wednesday.

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