Pakistan did not mediate in Saudi-Iran row: foreign minister

Published: January 25, 2016


Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister denied on Monday the existence of any Pakistani mediation between the Kingdom and Iran amid ongoing tensions, Bahrain News Agency reported.

“Some countries had offered to mediate and communicate ideas between Riyadh and Tehran, but there will be no mediation unless Iran responds positively,” Adel al Jubeir said while addressing the media on the sidelines of the first ministerial session of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)-India Cooperation Forum.

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“There won’t be any mediation because, for 35 years, Iran has adopted a hostile approach toward Arab countries by meddling in their internal affairs, sowing sectarian strife and backing terrorism as confirmed by numerous strong evidences,” the minister added.

The United Nations along with several other countries has listed Iran among the terrorism-supportive countries, Al Jubeir informed the media.

“There are governmental agencies in Iran listed as terrorist organisations. There are also officials in Iran’s security agencies wanted for their involvement in terrorism. Iran should change its policy and method of dealing with its neighbours on the principle of good neighbourliness and refrain from interference in the internal affairs of other countries so that the path will be open to building better relations with its neighbours,” he explained.

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“The message is clear – Iran has to change its policies and have a better relationship with its neighbouring countries,” he reiterated.

Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he considered ending the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran a sacred mission. “Pakistan will appoint a focal person for the resolution of the issue and will ask the two countries also designate focal persons [to resolve the issue],” he said while talking to media after the meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.

PM Nawaz said Riyadh and Tehran were cognizant of the threat of terrorism and extremism, adding the Muslim world needed to bring unity in their ranks.

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Al Jubeir further commented on the historic ties between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, stating that the ties will continue to grow, Bahrain News Agency reported. Referring to the United States’ stance on Operation Decisive Storm, al-Jubeir said, “Washington has undertaken a supportive role and continues to support the efforts of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in defending legitimacy in Yemen.”

This report originally appeared on Bahrain News Agency.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • anathu
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:40PM

    Good Slap>>Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jan 25, 2016 - 4:51PM

    I have an interaction with both Saudis and Iranians. The nationals of both countries are full of themselves. They are racists to the core. Arabs will never recognize the efforts of an Ajmi naton for mediation and similarly Iranians are the same and they live in the past. Just concentrate on your own country. We should not think of mediation between these trouble makers.
    Saudi foreign minister has disrespected our sincere efforts of peace in this region. In the future we should remember this statement. Recommend

  • Malik Bhaijan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 5:46PM

    LOL @ Pakistan comes to mind.
    Stop trying to become Arabs.Recommend

  • Salim Khan
    Jan 25, 2016 - 6:34PM

    Its insulting when we are told that our PM and Army chief are going to mediate. But the two countries neither issues any press release and now Saudi Govt clearly states that Pakistani PM and Army chief visit was wasted. Just shows how ad-hoc our diplomatic policies are.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jan 25, 2016 - 7:40PM

    @Malik Saab:

    Saudi foreign minister has disrespected our sincere efforts of peace in this region.

    Being part of Saudi coalition was hardly a sincere effort for peace in this region; playing a Saudi stooge and trying to put pressure on Iran more like.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:32PM

    @Salim Khan:
    Pakistan could have mediated and may even have been successful to some extent if only:
    (1) Raheel Sharif was not included in the mediation and,
    (2) It had been done quietly.

    Pakistan should know its position. Neither the Arabs nor the Persians give any importance or weightage to Pakistan now and Pakistan has to work its way in gaining some acceptance, recognition and importance to both.

    Pakistan failed exactly for the same reason the earlier visits of Saudi ministers failed in convincing Pakistan to join them in their war on Yemen. Even the gift of $1.5 billion gift by the Saudis failed to achieve anything and instead only brought out in the open the submerged anti-Saudi and anti-Arab sentiments prevailing in the majority of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Jan 25, 2016 - 9:09PM

    What do you suggest; we nuke both countries to avert any future war between them ?Recommend

  • Indian
    Jan 25, 2016 - 11:12PM

    @Raj – USA:

    As an indian , i think pakistan has some cards to play here. Pakistan is one of the few muslim countries that does have the military capability to fight (also has a nuke).

    Also, in case of a war, pakistan will get sucked in, and it would be very messy for paksitan even if saudi alliance wins the war …Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:12AM

    @Raj – USA:Raheel Shareef went to Saudi Arabia because no one have faith in Nawaz whose heavy investment was at stake and he could have agreed for any thingRecommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:20AM

    But what about your country. You are bombarding Yemen for the last over 10 months, Bahrain you have almost occupied it. How about giving financial aid to terrorists in Iraq, Syria, Libya etc. Blame yourself and then it will be fair to accept your comments for IranRecommend

  • shafqat
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:29AM

    saudi and iran both are racist and terrorist sponcers ,, i am really shock when they blame each other while each do same , almost half muslims are in trouble due to these racists nations , we shoud encourage them to fight by this way we can save the remainng muslims when these both fallRecommend

  • Sodomite
    Jan 26, 2016 - 3:01AM

    @Malik Bhaijan:
    Agree, we are always trying to act above ourselves internationally yet we cannot fund properly our war against terror in Pakistan without American money. We may not realize this but others see what we really are. Recommend

  • someone
    Jan 26, 2016 - 9:42AM

    Punching above weight and falling flat is old Pakistani habit.Recommend

  • JK
    Jan 26, 2016 - 11:28AM

    Saudi Arab and Iran represent the core of two main sects of Muslims. So please be careful in labeling them as racists, and sponsors of terrorists.Recommend

  • Farru
    Jan 26, 2016 - 12:16PM

    Pakistan’s mediation exercise was for its self interest. Pakistani leadership knows how unreasonable these two countries have been in past.

    Despite this Saudi statement, I believe we did the right thing to tell its own people, “Look, we at least tried to calm down the situation,”

    We all know Saudis have an exceptional relationship with Pakistan, but we also realise that in future we can reap so much economic benefits from Iran. Recommend

  • Abbassin
    Jan 26, 2016 - 1:37PM

    @anathu: And you are so happy that this immature scion of a medieval dynasty has come out and said what he said-however I would not attach much importance to his statement. Given his record of not thinking through before acting i.e. the unilateral announcement of forming the alliance of 34 countries to fight terror, without their prior consent and then backtracking, when some of the named countries did not agree to join. Look at it another way, this dispute between Iran and Saudis is very old-almost 1400 years old, hence it cannot and will not be resolved quickly, it will only be resolved, if both parties desire to do so. As for Pakistan, given our historic ties with the two, our size and status in the Muslim world, it is incumbent upon us to try to resolve the dispute, and it has been a genuine effort on our part, notwithstanding the nay Sayers like you- however Saudis must remember that by rejecting any mediation efforts by Pakistan or another country, they are doing so at their own peril.Recommend

  • Milind
    Jan 26, 2016 - 3:41PM

    Nothing to be surprised.. Pakistanis always have these illusions of grandeur and larger-than-life image about themselves. They need to understand that they’re a mere ‘chaprasi’ who clings to the coattails of the Saudis & other world powers… and that they cannot be given a role for mediation between 2 big powers.. Recommend

  • shafqat
    Jan 28, 2016 - 1:22AM

    dear they not represent the sects but they lie are in the sects , they selfclaimed to champion of sects and thats why both support thier same sect militants.Recommend

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