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From Iran to Israel, 5 Middle East stories to watch at UNGA summit

The US agenda includes a long-sought meeting between President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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NEW YORK — World leaders are descending on New York for the 78th UN General Assembly (UNGA) summit. Here are the top Middle East stories to watch during the week of diplomatic speed-dating and heads-of-state speeches.

Several Middle Eastern leaders and prime ministers will be attending the UNGA in person this year, while others have sent foreign ministers to lead the delegations. The leaders and prime ministers include Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, King of Jordan Abdullah II, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Kuwaiti Prime Minister Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council on Monday. He is also expected to hold series of bilaterals with several Gulf counterparts over the week. 

These are the main Middle East headlines that are expected to dominate this UNGA: 

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