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Blinken spoke to Turkish, Chinese, Saudi Arabian counterparts

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken to the foreign ministers of Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia in phone calls where the top US diplomat said an escalation in the Middle East is not in anyone's interest.

State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters that Washington continues to be concerned about the risk of escalation in the region, specifically after threats made by Iran toward Israel in response to an air strike that targeted the Iranian embassy compound in Damascus.

Reporting by Reuters