ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani where both the leaders discussed the regional security situation and ways to mend ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif arrived in Tehran on Tuesday following their brief visit to Saudi Arabia in a bid to mend ties between the arch-rivals. The prime minister was received in the Iranian capital by a delegation of high officials.
Meanwhile, a meeting was held between General Raheel and Iran’s Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan, during which matters of regional security came under discussion.
The army chief reiterated that Pakistan considered Iran an important neighbour, and the people of Pakistan gave great affinity with the people of Iran. He asserted that terrorism was a global threat, which had the potential of destabalising the region and requires a coordinated response.
Earlier in Saudi Arabia, the prime minister expressed deep concern over the recent escalation of tensions between the two nations, while calling for a resolution of differences through peaceful means in the larger interest of the Muslim population.
Prime Minister Nawaz recalled Pakistan’s consistent policy of promoting brotherhood among the brother states of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
During the meeting, both sides exchanged views on various facets of enduring cooperation with regard to the Saudi initiative of formation of the coalition of Islamic countries against terrorism.
Tensions have been on the rise between Saudi Arabia and Iran ever since the execution of leading Shia cleric Nimr al Nimr by Riyadh earlier this month.
The Saudi move led to the storming of its diplomatic missions in Iran. The two countries then severed their diplomatic ties. Some other Arab countries also cut off ties with Iran.