Selin ATAY-TDO-Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali al-Hakim warned that an all-out war could break out in the region if tensions between Iran and the U.S. continue to escalate, local media reported.

"We talked about efforts to reduce tension between Iran and America and spare the region from a devastating war with serious repercussions for the world," Shafaq news website quoted al-Hakim as saying.

The comments by the Iraqi foreign minister came at a joint news conference in Baghdad with his Belgian counterpart Philippe Goffin.

The killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad has brought already heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran to a fever pitch.

Iran responded by launching salvos of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases where U.S. forces are stationed, but the sides indicated they would not further escalate militarily.

Expressing his country's support for Iraq, Goffin, said: "The stability of Iraq is important to us."

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