ANKARA 

Amid tensions triggered by the U.S. killing last week of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Japan’s premier has reportedly cancelled a trip to the Middle East, local media reported on Wednesday.

Shinzo Abe was scheduled to pay bilateral visits to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman starting on Saturday, Kyodo news reported.

The decision by Tokyo to stop Abe from traveling to the region came in the wake of Iran launching missiles targeting U.S. bases in Iraq early Wednesday, in retaliation for the Soleimani killing, the report added.

Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike outside Baghdad

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