Turkish FM to visit Iraq to ease regional tensions after Iran missile attack

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu / AFP

Turkey’s foreign minister will visit Iraq on Thursday to try to ease tensions after Iran launched missiles at US forces in response to the killing of a top Iranian commander, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will travel to Iraq as part of Ankara’s “intensified diplomatic efforts to alleviate the escalated tension in the aftermath of recent developments in the region,” the ministry said in a statement.

Çavuşoğlu also spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif by phone, it said in a separate statement.

A US drone killed Tehran’s most prominent military commander Qasem Soleimani last week, prompting Iran to promise revenge. Iranian state television said Iran had fired 15 missiles at US targets in Iraq early on Wednesday.

Çavuşoğlu said on Monday that Turkey was in contact with all parties in the region and Washington to de-escalate tensions, adding that Ankara would work to help solve the issue.

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