Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2019
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Pakistan, Iran agree all regional issues should be resolved through political dialogue

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TEHRAN: Pakistan and Iran have agreed that issues between the countries should be resolved through political means and dialogue for regional security and stability.

Addressing a joint news conference along with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after their meeting in Tehran on Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his visit is aimed at reducing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia as Pakistan does not want any other conflict in the region.

He said Pakistan has suffered 70,000 casualties in war on terrorism and neighboring Afghanistan also suffered badly in the conflict going on in that country. Imran Khan also mentioned the conflict in Syria and the plight of Syrians as a result of it.

The Prime Minister said Saudi Arabia is one of the closest friends of Pakistan and Riyadh has always helped us in all times of need.

Imran Khan emphasized that Pakistan does not want any conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia while recognizing that it is a complex and complicated issue. The Prime Minister said he strongly believes that any issue could be resolved through dialogue and talks.

He said any new conflict in the region could have far reaching implications and sufferings of people. The Prime Minister pointed out that a conflict in gulf region could lead to increase in oil prices and more poverty for the developing countries. He made it clear that some vested interests want conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Imran Khan unequivocally said that this is purely an initiative of Pakistan and no one asked us to do this.

He said he will visit Saudi Arabia tomorrow (Tuesday) with a positive state of mind and will emphasize the importance of dialogue between the two countries to resolve differences.

He said Pakistan will play the role of facilitator rather mediator in sorting out the differences between the two brotherly Muslim countries.

The Prime Minister said during his recent meeting with President Donald Trump, he was asked to do something on dialogue with Iran.

Imran Khan said in today’s meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, we also discussed the issues between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan to de-escalate the situation in the region. “I told Prime Minster Imran we welcome any gesture by Pakistan for peace in the region and appreciate his visit to our country,” said Rouhani at a joint press conference with the premier.

Rouhani said that the two leaders had discussed, among other things, the war in Yemen and the sanctions by the United States on Iran.

“Regional issues have to be resolved through regional means and dialogue. We also emphasised that any goodwill gesture will be responded with a goodwill gesture and good words,” said the Iranian president. “We also discussed how the nuclear deal could be restored,” added Rouhani.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with President of Iran Hassan Rouhani at Tehran on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and senior officials were also present.

The Prime Minister held wide-ranging consultations with President Rouhani. This is the second meeting between the two leaders within one month.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan attaches high importance to bilateral ties with Iran. Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan is willing to play its role towards strengthening peace and stability in the region.

Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Tehran on a day-long official visit of Iran. Prime Minister’s visit aims to promote peace and security in the region.

Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif received Prime Minister Imran Khan at the airport. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to PM on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari are accompanying the prime minister.

The Prime Minister also had a bilateral meeting with the President of Iran on the sidelines of 74th UNGA Session in New York in September 2019.