Islamabad – Staff Reporter:
Prime Minister Imran Khan welcomed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s initiative for peace with Iran and expressed the confidence that it would strengthen the Muslim Ummah.
In a statement on Twitter, the prime minister said: “We welcome the KSA initiative for peace with Iran. Iran is our neighbour and KSA our closest friend. This peace initiative will strengthen the Muslim Ummah”.
PM Imran also shared a news item with his tweet titled “Saudi Arabia’s crown prince seeks good relations with Iran”.
The news story is based upon an interview of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Al Arabiya TV, in which he said that they wanted “good relations” with Iran.
Pakistan has already offered to mediate between the two countries.
In an interview with Aljazeera last year, the premier had stated that their mediation efforts had de-escalated tensions in the region.
Last year, on the direction of PM Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had undertaken a visit to Tehran and Riyadh.
During his visit, the foreign minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on the situation, stressed the imperative of avoiding any conflict, underscored the importance to defuse tensions and the need for finding a diplomatic way forward.
According to a statement of the foreign office issued at that time, Pakistan’s extended its readiness to support all efforts that could facilitate the resolution of differences and disputes through political and diplomatic means.