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Guterres, who was in Portugal for the Lisbon Green Capital initiative and other meetings, is travelling back to New York and the visit will depend on him and Qureshi synchronising their schedules…reports Arul Louis from New York

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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran and discussed the ongoing situation in the Middle East

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is coming to the US on Wednesday for his “US-Iran diplomatic efforts,” according to sources here.

He plans to first stop in New York and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said a meeting between them was likely.

“My understanding is that the meeting — if it happens — the meeting was requested by the Pakistan mission and the Secretary General is always happy to meet visiting foreign ministers,” Dujarric said on Tuesday.

Guterres, who was in Portugal for the Lisbon Green Capital initiative and other meetings, is travelling back to New York and the visit will depend on him and Qureshi synchronising their schedules.

A neighbour of Iran, Pakistan is trying to insert itself Teheran-Washington confrontation and take on a mediating role.

GENEVA, Feb. 26. 2019 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech after the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 26, 2019. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday described the pledging conference for humanitarian aid for war-plagued Yemen a "success" after donation assurances reached 2.6 billion U.S. dollars, up from 2 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS) by .
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Qureshi had met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday and Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud on Monday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said in September after a meeting with US President Donald Trump that he had been asked to mediate to bring down the tension.

However, there was no confirmation of the request by the US.

Tensions between Washington and Teheran neared a flashpoint this month after Iranian Major General Qassim Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, was killed in a US missile strike in Iraq and Iran retaliated with rocket attacks on bases in Iraq where US troops are stationed.

However, both sides drew back from the brink and have indicated that there would be no further escalation for the time being.

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