Pakistan FM mets Saudi counterpart to defuse Saudi-Iran tensions

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Islamabad, Dec 12 Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held talks with his Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah in Riyadh to de-escalate rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

A statement issued by the Foreign Office here said that Qureshi on Wednesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, during which regional and international issues were discussed, reports The Express Tribune.

A separate statement issued by the Saudi official news agency said the foreign ministers reviewed bilateral relations between the two “brotherly countries” and ways of enhancing them in all fields.

Pakistan has been verbally appointed as a moderator by US President Donald Trump to defuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The two countries are at loggerheads since Saudi oil facilities came under missile attacks in September. Saudi Arabia and the US blamed Iran for the attack.Tehran, however, denied the allegations.

Recently,Prime Minister Imran Khan made a stopover in Saudi Arabia on his way to the annual UN General Assembly session in New York in September to meet Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

In New York, he held meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to defuse tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

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