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    The body of Iranian Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani arrived on Sunday in Iran where thousands of mourners thronged his coffin ahead of a grand funeral procession across Iran.

    In the early hours of Friday morning, Soleimani and al-Muhandis, along with 10 others, were killed in a US drone attack near Baghdad International Airport.

    US President Donald Trump said Washington took preemptive action against Soleimani to "stop a war". Iranian leaders, however, have vowed to take revenge for Soleimani’s assassination.

    Trump previously stated that the US had identified 52 Iranian sites, including some that are "important" to Iran, that would be attacked "very fast and very hard" if Tehran struck any US citizens or assets.

    In turn, the commander of the Iranian Armed Forces' Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, has threatened to end the US presence in the Middle East in the wake of the recent US operation in Iraq that killed Qasem Soleimani.

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      Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani held a phone call on Sunday to discuss the US military operation that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite Quds Force, a press release on Rouhani's official website stated.

      The Afghan president expressed his condolences over the death of Soleimani, and stressed that his government will strive to promote peace in the region.

      "Iran's security is our security and the efforts of the Afghan government and nation will be to promote peace, stability and brotherhood,” Ghani stated.

      Iranian President Rouhani also expressed his wishes for peace and stability in Afghanistan and also stated that Iran was not an aggressor in the region.

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    • 17:34

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      Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had phone conversations with his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE and Turkey on Sunday.

      According to the ministry's statement, there was a wide-ranging exchange of views on the unfolding situation in the region.

      Highlighting Pakistan’s deep concern over the recent developments, the Foreign Minister underscored the imperative of avoidance of conflict, the exercise of maximum restraint, and de-escalation of tensions.

      He renewed the call on all parties concerned to abide by the UN Charter and principles of international law to settle differences through peaceful means.

      The Foreign Minister also reaffirmed that Pakistan would neither let its soil be used against any other state nor become part of any regional conflict.

      Sharing Pakistan’s perspective, the Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the progress made in the Afghan peace process would be preserved and further advanced.

      The Foreign Minister reiterated Pakistan’s readiness to continue to play a role in preventing further escalation and maintaining regional peace and stability.

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      Iranian MP has threatened to attack the White House in response to Donald Trump's warning.

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      New Delhi has urged Indian airlines to avoid Iranian airspace if possible amid the escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran following a US drone attack that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) elite Quds Force, Indian media reported on Sunday.

      According to the Economic Times newspaper, the Indian government asked airlines to change the routes of their flights to and from Europe and the US, which almost exclusively use Iranian airspace.

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