London advises the British to avoid traveling to Iraq and Iran

LONDON: On Saturday he advised to avoid traveling to Iraq & I ran in face of heightened tensions in the Middle East following the US killing of a top I ran ian commander in Baghdad.

"Following the death of & heightened tensions in the region... We now advise British nationals against all travel to Iraq (and) we now advise against all but essential travel to I ran ," Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement.

The first job of any government is to keep the British safe, the statement said.

"Given heightened tensions in the region, (we) now advise people not to travel to Iraq , with the exception of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq , & to consider carefully whether it's essential to travel to I ran . We will keep this under review."

On Friday, the US military killed Soleimani in an air strike outside Baghdad international airport that shocked the Islamic republic & sparked fears of a new war in the Middle East.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed the death of the commander of its foreign operations arm, & Tehran 's clerical leadership promised "severe vengeance... in the right place & time".

In its statement, the British Foreign Ministry urged United Kingdom nationals in the region to "remain vigilant & monitor the media carefully."

On Friday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab had said that while London had "always recognised the aggressive threat" posed by Soleimani & his Quds Force, "following his death, we urge all parties to de-escalate. Further conflict is in none of our interests."