King Salman receives Imran Khan in Riyadh during the Pakistani prime minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

October 16, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a one-day visit to the Kingdom aimed to help reduce tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

During the meeting, PM Imran apprised the Saudi leadership about his talks with the Iranian leadership and also discussed regional situation and matters of mutual interest. Separately, the prime minister also held delegation-level talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two talked about bilateral relations, regional peace and security, and global political situation.

The premier and the Saudi crown prince agreed to bolster Pakistan-Saudi relations as well as bilateral cooperation.

PM Imran underscored that Pakistan wishes for peace and stability in the entire region, including the Gulf countries. All conflicts and disagreements can be resolved through political dialogue and diplomacy, he added.

The PM also apprised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the latest conditions in occupied Kashmir.

“In the past, Pakistan had hosted Saudi Arabia and Iran and is again willing to facilitate the brotherly countries to iron out their differences,” the premier had said in Tehran, adding that it was Pakistan’s own initiative to act as a “facilitator”.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PM Imran’s special assistant on overseas Pakistanis, Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, are accompanying him on the trip.

Earlier on Tuesday, PM Imra arrived in Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit as part of his efforts to defuse tensions between Riyadh and Tehran. The prime minister of Pakistan undertook the visit to Saudi Arabia two days after he visited Iran.

Pakistan Observer

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