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Imran in Riyadh to Sooth Iran-Saudi Ties

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ISLAMABAD, Feb. 18, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Photo released by Pakistani Press Information Department (PID) on Feb. 18, 2019 shows Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2019. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a two-day official visit on bilateral and regional issues, with focuses on investment and economic cooperation. (Xinhua/PID/IANS) by .
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan

Pakistan has been trying to seek a patch-up between Iran and Saudi Arabia since September when the Saudi oil facilities came under missile attacks…. reports Asian Lite News

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 18, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Photo released by Pakistani Press Information Department (PID) on Feb. 18, 2019 shows Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) meeting with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, Feb. 17, 2019. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a two-day official visit on bilateral and regional issues, with focuses on investment and economic cooperation. (Xinhua/PID/IANS) by .
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was in Saudi Arabia on a day-long visit, met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh during which the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and the overall security situation in the region.

According to a statement by Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad, the meeting took place on Saturday after Khan visited Roza-e-Rasool in Madina and offered prayers, reports The Express Tribune.

Khan’s trip comes on the heels of a whirlwind tour of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who, accompanied by the ISI chief, visited Riyadh on Wednesday and believed to have laid the ground for the premier’s visit.

Diplomatic sources said the flurry of visits by Pakistani civil and military leadership to Saudi Arabia and Iran over the past few weeks suggested that there might be “some breakthrough” in the diplomatic manoeuvres initiated by Islamabad.

This is Khan’s fourth visit to Saudi Arabia since May.

In October, he also travelled to Iran following his meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince in Riyadh and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York in September.

Pakistan has been trying to seek a patch-up between Iran and Saudi Arabia since September when the Saudi oil facilities came under missile attacks.

Saudi Arabia and the US blamed Iran for the attack.

Tehran, however, denied the allegations. Pakistan has since been making efforts to facilitate dialogue between the two countries. Prime Minister Imran Khan made a stopover in Saudi Arabia on his way to the annual UN General Assembly session in New York in September to meet Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

In New York, he held meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to defuse tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

The efforts in September were followed by a flurry of visits undertaken by Pakistani civil and military leadership both to Riyadh and Tehran.

All such diplomatic maneouvers, observers believed, were aimed at avoiding any conflict in the Persian Gulf region.

Pakistan enjoys close strategic ties with Saudi Arabia but at the same time considers its relationship with Iran important given its proximity as well as other factors.

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