News ID: 135940
Published: 0724 GMT January 30, 2016

Pakistani PM likely to visit Tehran, Riyadh again

Pakistani PM likely to visit Tehran, Riyadh again

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to pay a visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia in a bid to mediate improvement of ties between Tehran and Riyadh, Pakistani newspaper Daily Express reported.


The Pakistani prime minister has asked his advisor on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi to continue their contacts with Tehran and Riyadh for removal of tensions, the newspaper added.

The newspaper noted that Pakistan has a plan to manage meetings with presence of representatives of Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to resolve tensions.

The Daily Express said that Pakistan aims to include China, US and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the mediation process.

The Pakistani prime minister and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif last week met Riyadh and Tehran to mediate and ease tensions between the two states.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran on January 3 following demonstrations outside the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and its consulate in the northeastern city of Mashhad by angry protesters who condemned the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Iranian officials strongly denounced the incidents. Over 150 people involved in the incidents were also arrested.


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