Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit on Sunday as part of his initiative to promote peace in the region and discuss security concerns in the Gulf with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, according to Foreign Office statement.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will have meetings with the Iranian leadership, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei and President Dr Hassan Rouhani.
Besides issues relating to peace and security in the Gulf, bilateral matters and important regional developments will be discussed.
This will be the Prime Minister’s second visit to Iran this year.
The PM also had a bilateral meeting with the President of Iran on the sidelines of the 74th UNGA Session in New York on September 2019.
“We’ve always been open to discussing anything with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is our neighbour. We’re going to be here together permanently,” Geo News quoted Zarif as saying in an interview with Turkey’s TRT World.
The mediation initiative is being taken at the request of Saudi Arabia. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had during Khan’s last visit to Saudi Arabia asked him to help defuse tensions with Iran as Riyadh wanted to avoid war, according to Faisal.
Tensions have been brewing between Tehran and Riyadh since the September 14 drone attacks on a Saudi oil facility and a processing plant.
Last month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Khan said that Donald Trump had asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions in the Middle East, though the US president later suggested that it was the Pakistani premier who approached him and nothing was final.