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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Aug. 11

11 Aug 2020, 22:30 GMT+10

BEIRUT -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Tuesday that Egypt is investing great efforts in helping Lebanon after Beirut's blasts, the National News Agency reported.

Egypt is sending humanitarian assistance by air and support for the reconstruction by sea, Shoukry said after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace in Lebanon.

Shoukry emphasized the need to work on priorities of the Lebanese reconstruction efforts following the huge explosions. (Egypt-Lebanon-Support)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO) said on Tuesday that he was "very optimistic" about potential vaccines for COVID-19 being trialled around the world.

CMO Paul Kelly told reporters in an update on COVID-19 that it is "not going to be years" before a vaccine for the virus is developed as has been suggested by experts.

"I don't have a crystal ball on that one but certainly these types of developments usually take years. It is not going to be years," he said. (Australia-COVID-19-Vaccine)

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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday appealed for an "acceptable formula" for energy exploration rights in the Eastern Mediterranean which has been the center of tension over recent drilling activities.

"Let's come together with all the countries in the Mediterranean. Let's find a formula that is acceptable to everyone and protects everyone's rights," Erdogan told reports at a press conference after a cabinet meeting. (Turkey-Formula-Eastern Mediterranean)

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BERLIN -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that he was in favor of South Korea's participation in a possible Group of Seven (G7) summit in the United States.

At the joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha after the meeting, Maas told reporters that "South Korea is one of the countries that are of particular importance globally, that is also our value partners, so I would very much welcome that." (Germany-S. Korea-G7)

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