Defusing Gulf crisis: PM Imran to leave for Saudi Arabia on Oct 15

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(Islamabad News): After conducting successful Iran trip, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan will depart for Saudi Arabia on October 15 on a mission to serve as a”facilitator” between Tehran and Riyadh and attempt to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. According to sources, the premier will maintain meetings with the Saudi leadership to invent solutions for controlling tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Before during press conference in Tehran, PM Imran cautioned, “Any conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia would cause poverty in the world.” “Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties in the last 15 years in the war on terror, Afghanistan is still suffering, there is terrible devastation in Syria — we don’t want another conflict in this part of the world,” he claimed.

Emphasizing the visits to Tehran and Riyadh was Pakistan’s”initiative”, Khan stated that he was also approached by US President Donald Trump to”facilitate some sort of dialogue between Iran and the United States”. Meanwhile, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani stated, “I told Prime Minister Imran we welcome any gesture by Pakistan for peace in the region and appreciate his visit to our country.” He explained that the two leaders had discussed the war in Yemen and the sanctions imposed by the United States about Iran one of the other problems.

Pakistan has strong connections with Saudi Arabia, with over 2.5 million of its nationals residing and operating in the realm, but in addition, it maintains good relations with Iran and signifies Tehran’s consular interests from the United States (US).

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