Turkey’s top diplomat is set to pay an official visit to Iraq on Thursday amid heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran.

Mevlut Cavusoglu is due in Iraq on Jan. 9 “within the context of our intensified diplomatic efforts to alleviate the escalated tension in the aftermath of recent developments in the region,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Recent developments in the region, as well as bilateral issues, are expected to be discussed during the visit,” it added.

Early Friday, Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) elite Quds Force, was

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