International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, additionally accompanied by the pinnacle of Inter-Companies Intelligence (ISI), visited Riyadh on Wednesday and believed to have laid the bottom for the premier’s go to.
Diplomatic sources stated the flurry of visits by Pakistani civil and army management to Saudi Arabia and Iran over the previous few weeks urged that there is perhaps ‘some breakthrough’ within the diplomatic manoeuvres initiated by Islamabad.
This could be Prime Minister Imran’s fourth go to to Saudi Arabia since Could. In October, he additionally travelled to Iran following his assembly with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York in September.
Chief of the Military Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and DG ISI Lt-Gen Faiz Hameed additionally visited Iran. Normal Qamar’s go to to Tehran in November was thought of vital as he, in accordance with some diplomatic sources, was carrying an vital message for the Iranian management on behalf of the Saudis.
Pakistan has been making an attempt to hunt a patch-up between Iran and Saudi Arabia since September when the Saudi oil services got here beneath missile assaults.
At the moment there was an actual hazard of tensions translating into some severe battle within the Persian Gulf area, as each the US and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for the assault. Tehran had denied the cost whereas the Houthi rebels in Yemen got here up and claimed duty.
Sensing the detrimental fallout of direct battle between the 2 key Muslim nations, Pakistan made hectic efforts to forestall any escalation. Prime Minister Imran Khan throughout his go to to UN General Assembly session in New York confirmed that he was mediating between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
However later Pakistan clarified that it was solely facilitating the dialogue between Riyadh and Tehran. Pakistan enjoys shut relationship with Saudi Arabia however on the identical time considers its ties with Iran vital due to its proximity and different causes.
Officers stated Islamabad is making an attempt to hunt rapprochement as a result of it can’t afford taking sides within the battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
“It’s in our curiosity that there must be de-escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia,” a senior authorities official stated whereas explaining why Pakistan was making further efforts to facilitate dialogue between the 2 nations.
Talking on the weekly information briefing, Foreign office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday stated high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are the ‘hallmark of the brotherly relationship.’
“You might have witnessed the excessive frequency of management stage exchanges, particularly since final August. The prime minister has undertaken not less than three visits to KSA since Could this yr,” he added.