PM Nawaz, army chief head to Saudi, Iran to mend rift

PM Nawaz will meet with King Salman and Iran's President Rouhani

News Desk January 16, 2016

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to visit Saudi Arabia and Iran in a bid to mend ties between the arch-rivals after the Saudi execution of a prominent Shia cleric led to mob attacks on the Kingdom's diplomatic posts in Iran, Express News reported.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid confirmed on Saturday that the premier would depart Monday for Riyadh, together with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, where they will meet with King Salman.

Saudi-Iran row: Pakistan will put its own interests first, says Sartaj Aziz

On Tuesday the premier will meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran.

Pakistan this week offered its ‘good offices’ to defuse tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran even as it supported the Saudi initiative to establish a coalition of like-minded Islamic states to counter terrorism and extremism.

Pakistan offers to defuse Saudi-Iran tensions

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at a tense standoff following a prominent Shia cleric’s execution by the former on January 2.

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran after the attacks on its diplomatic posts.


komal s | 5 years ago | Reply @Sarfaraz Abbasi: Ooh touchy! Me thinks this is drama to avoid taking action on pathankot. It is kind of strange that they have to invite themselves one day before China visit. Maybe they are going there to prep for China visit.
Azi | 5 years ago | Reply There we go again, it's like we are predestined to be the middle man in every quarrel. Why be a part of this drama? Ask we will get from them would be complaints of not doing good enough as always.. Our leaders really need help in decision making
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