Pakistan’s prime minister will “facilitate” between Iran and Saudi Arabia
In a joint press conference with President Hassan Rouhani, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi (Imran Khan) said that his country has an initiative that could de-escalate tensions between Tehran and Riyadh, and he would discuss his plan with Saudi Officials in his upcoming trip to Riyadh.
Imran Khan who said on Sunday's press conference that he considers Iran and Saudi Arabia to be close friends of Pakistan and said avoiding a conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia would benefit all the countries in the region.
He described his talks with the Iranian officials as positive and announced that he would travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to move his de-escalation initiative forward.
Imran Khan emphasized that he would play the role of “facilitator” and not the mediator between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Previous reports indicated that the prime minister of Pakistan will bring a message from Saudi Arabian officials for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s authorities, but the foreign ministry of Pakistan denied these reports on Saturday.
Imran Khan also announced that during the UN General Assembly, President Trump had asked him to help de-escalate the tensions between Iran and the United States.
Rouhani also stated that Iran’s key issue is America’s return to the deal and lifting all the sanctions.
Imran khan is to also meet with the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei.