Turkey’s visiting foreign minister Thursday met Iraqi premier in the capital Baghdad.

The closed door meeting of Mevlut Cavusoglu and Adil Abdul Mahdi was held at the Republican Palace, with the attendance of delegations from both sides.

Cavusoglu had announced his arrival on Twitter: “In #Baghdad to discuss our relations w/brotherly #Iraq and regional developments.”

Turkey’s top diplomat is also expected to meet Iraqi President Barham Salih, Foreign Minister Mohamed Alhakim and Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi.

Cavusoglu’s visit came amid heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran, starting with the killing of an American contractor at a U.S. base

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