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The Latest: Iraqi FM says Iraq wants to avoid conflict


Added 05-18-19 07:11:02pm EST - “TEHRAN, Iran (AP) ?" The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):” - News.yahoo.com

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

Iraq's foreign minister says his country should stay away from conflict, adding that efforts should be exerted to avoid "tensions and escalation" in the Middle East.

Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim made his comments in Britain on Friday during a meeting with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, according to a statement released by the office of the Iraqi official.

Hakim said Iraq's point of view is that any moves could escalate the situation in the region, which is experiencing heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., should be avoided.

The government said Friday the upgraded travel warning is in response to Iran's "continued arbitrary detention and mistreatment" of dual nationals and of Iranian citizens working for institutions linked to Britain.

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