Pakistan’s diplomacy averts Iran-Saudi conflict: Qureshi


Shafaqna Pakistan:Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said Pakistan’s diplomatic initiative has successfully prevented threats of an immediate conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, Qureshi said both Saudi and Iranian leadership agreed to pursue diplomatic options to resolve their disputes.

“Pakistan’s main purpose of diplomatic initiative was to prevent any escalation in tensions. I can say with authority that we have achieved that objective,” he told reporters.

His announcement comes hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan wrapped his visit to Saudi Arabia as part of Islamabad’s efforts to defuse tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

Tensions have been building up in the Middle East following missile strikes targeting Saudi oil facilities on September 14. Riyadh and the Washington blamed Tehran but the Rouhani government denied its role.

During his meetings with the Saudi leadership on Tuesday, Premier Imran had reiterated Pakistan’s willingness to facilitate efforts for de-escalation of tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

The prime minister also stressed the importance of avoiding military conflict and the need for constructive engagement of all parties.

“Pakistan will always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Saudi Arabia,” the premier reaffirmed.

The Saudi leadership also lauded PM Imran’s efforts for promoting peace and noted the impact his initiative could have on the regional situation.