UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq due to Iran risk: Sky News

US and British soldiers chat at the Basmaya base, southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 May 2019
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UK raises threat level for personnel in Iraq due to Iran risk: Sky News

LONDON: Britain has raised the threat level for military forces and diplomats in Iraq because of a heightened security risk from Iran, Sky News said on Thursday.
A spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office declined to immediately comment on the report, but Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said that the foreign office has adapted its London staffing relating to Iran.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that Britain shares the same assessment as the United States of the heightened threat posed by Iran on Thursday.
Hunt said he had discussed Iran with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week in London, and again in Brussels on Monday. "As always we work closely with the US," he said on Twitter.


Britain also put its personnel and their families in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on an increased state of alert, Sky said.

 

 


Iranian FM in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart as part of regional tour

Updated 17 min 22 sec ago
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Iranian FM in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart as part of regional tour

  • During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister
  • Discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries

BAGHDAD: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with his Iraqi counterpart, an Arab News reporter confirmed.

During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister. On Sunday morning, Zarif will meet several senior politicians before he heads to Najaf to meet some clerics, sources told Arab News.

The discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries in addition to possible options to reinforce the attempts to start dialogues with the related sides to reach a compromise or solutions for the current standoff between Iran and US.

The Iranian official will leave Iraq on Monday. Zarif's tour will also include trips to Turkey, India and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi will begin a separate tour on Sunday which will see him visit Qatar, Oman and Kuwait, according to Iranian news sources.