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Qatar Emir discusses with Iraqi PM efforts to reduce tension - statement

FILE PHOTO: Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani speaks during Kuala Lumpur Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 19, 2019. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng

CAIRO (Reuters) - Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held a phone call with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday, Qatar’s Amiri Diwan said in a statement.

They discussed the developments of events on the Iraqi scene and the efforts made to reduce tension to maintain the security and stability of Iraq and the entire region, the statement said.

The phone call came after the killing of a top Iranian military commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike on Friday at Baghdad airport that has sparked a major escalation of regional tensions.

Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Chris Reese