Saudi-Iran tensions: PM Imran meets King Salman, MBS in Riyadh

Published: October 15, 2019
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PM Imran meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. PHOTO: PID

PM Imran meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. PHOTO: PID

PM Imran meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. PHOTO: PID Premier Imran is accompanied by FM Qureshi, special assistant Zulfi Bukhari, and ISI chief Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan met King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his brief visit to Riyadh as part of Pakistan’s efforts to defuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

During the separate meetings on Tuesday night, Prime Minister Imran stressed on the need to resolve differences and conflicts through political and diplomatic means for the sake of peace and stability in the region.

He also briefed the Saudi leadership about the latest situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and senior officials were also present in the meetings.

Earlier in the evening, Riyadh Governor Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Minister of State and National Security Advisor Dr Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban welcomed the prime minister upon his arrival at royal terminal of the King Khalid Airport.

PHOTO: PID

Pakistan’s ambassador in Saudi Arabia, Raja Ali Ijaz, Saudi officials and other officers of the Pakistan Embassy were present at the airport to receive the premier and his delegation, Radio Pakistan reported.

The visit comes a day after PM Imran returned from Tehran, where he met the top Iranian leadership.

This is his third trip to Saudi Arabia this year, where he is expected to discuss regional developments and other matters with the Saudi leadership.

PM Imran is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, special assistant Zulfikar Bukhari, and ISI DG Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed.

PHOTO: PID

A Foreign Office (FO) statement noted Pakistan’s strong ties with Saudi Arabia “marked by mutual trust, understanding, close cooperation and an abiding tradition of supporting each other”.

Pakistan will facilitate Iran-S Arabia talks: PM Imran

PM Imran reiterated on his visit to Iran that Pakistan was ready to act as a facilitator between Iran and Saudi Arabia, to sort out their differences through dialogue.

The prime minister said, “The issue is a complex one but it is possible to sort out differences through dialogue.”

He also explained that his trip to Iran would be followed with a visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday which was sole “Pakistan’s initiative” as they were not asked by anyone to undertake such a trip.

He made it clear that Pakistan’s role would be of a facilitator and not a mediator, stressing that it was imperative for everyone not to allow any conflict to take place in the region as he viewed certain vested interests which wanted to flare up tensions in the region.

Oil attacks ‘unquestionably’ sponsored by Iran: Saudi Arabia

Tensions have been high between Iran and Saudi Arabia since an attack on the Kingdom’s two oil facilities on September 14 that caused fires and damage.

Saudi Arabia temporarily halted production at two Aramco oil facilities after they were attacked by Yemeni rebels, interrupting about half of the company’s total output – shutting down 5.7 million barrels per day of production – more than 5% of global oil supply.

The rebels said they launched “a large-scale operation involving 10 drones” on the facilities.

The United States blamed Iran for the strikes.

On October 11, two missiles struck an Iran-owned oil tanker setting it ablaze off the Saudi port of Jeddah.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Aamir Aqil
    Oct 15, 2019 - 1:46PM

    Wish you good luck Mr. Prime Minister, We all support you on your this peace mission , your name definitely go down in history as a peace maker. Recommend

  • Maaz
    Oct 15, 2019 - 4:35PM

    Managing everything with Excellence. Hosting the Royal Guests as well as taking care of the important international obligations. Great Work Prime Minister Imran Khan. Recommend

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