(Persia Digest) – Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has commented on Islamabad’s role in mediating between Tehran and Riyadh, saying: “If there is a window of opportunity to play a positive role between the parties, we will certainly take it up; of course, this idea will not be imposed.”
Shah Mehmood Qureishi also said about the Iranian FM’s trip to Pakistan: “This trip will focus on expanding bilateral ties with Pakistan’s new government.”
Qureishi reiterated: “Pakistan is on good terms will all Islamic countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE and is seeking deeper cooperation will all of them.”
Pakistan’s top diplomat said Iran and Saudi Arabia are two major Islamic countries and Pakistan’s friends and brothers, adding: “Both countries have always been on Pakistan’s side and expansion of ties with them will continue.”
Regarding tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, he said: “We will continue our relations with these two countries. Such tensions will not affect our ties with them.”
Persia Digest reports that Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, met with the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Mahdi Honardust, on 4 August and announced that Pakistan is ready to play a positive role in resolving issues between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia were severed on 3 January 2015. Their embassies closed down and relations have been rather cold ever since.
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