PM Khan recalls his conciliatory efforts to ease Saudi-Iran tensions

In an interview with Aljazeera last year, the prime minister had stated that their mediation efforts had de-escalated tensions in the region.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday welcomed Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative for peace with Iran and expressed the confidence that it would strengthen the Muslim Ummah.

On his twitter handle, the prime minister posted “We welcome the KSA initiative for peace with Iran. Iran is our neighbour and KSA our closest friend. This peace initiative will strengthen the Muslim Ummah”.

The prime minister also tagged a BBC story with his tweet titled “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince seeks good relations with Iran”.

The news story is based upon an interview of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Al Arabiya TV, in which the Saudi prince said that they wanted “good relations” with Iran.

Pakistan has already offered to mediate between the two countries. In an interview with Aljazeera last year, the prime minister had stated that their mediation efforts had de-escalated tensions in the region.

Last year, on the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had undertaken a visit to Tehran and Riyadh.

During his visit, the foreign minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on the situation, stressed the imperative of avoiding any conflict, underscored the importance to defuse tensions and the need for finding a diplomatic way forward.

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According to a statement of the foreign office issued at that time, Pakistan’s extended its readiness to support all efforts that could facilitate resolution of differences and disputes through political and diplomatic means.

Last year, PM Khan stated in an interview to Al-Jazeera: “Our mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia has not stopped and we are making progress, but slowly.”

“We have done our best to avoid a military confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and our efforts have succeeded,” Qatar-based Al Jazeera also reported Khan as saying.

Shi’ite Muslim Iran has long been at odds with U.S. Gulf Sunni Arab ally Saudi Arabia.



Courtesy: APP

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