Islamabad: As per the latest news, Pakistan is once again ready to play a role in bringing Saudi Arabia and Iran closer together, with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi departing for Iraq on Friday, where senior Saudi and Iranian officials recently met.
Islamabad had sought in the past to bring the two regional foes closer together, but these efforts failed. Pakistan has high stakes in the Saudi-Iran relationship since tensions between the two major Islamic countries have often put the country in difficulty.
Foreign Minister Qureshi is expected to discuss attempts to ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as well as other concerns, during his visit to Baghdad, according to sources. Iraq has also played a crucial role in this regard, hosting discussions between Saudi and Iranian officials in recent months.
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman issued a reconciliatory statement toward Iran as a result of their discussions. Tehran reacted positively to the initiative, saying it was willing to work with Riyadh to resolve all difficulties.
These developments also served to calm tensions between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, as Prime Minister Imran Khan was greeted warmly in Saudi Arabia on his recent visit. Foreign Minister Qureshi is expected to visit Iran and Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, according to diplomatic sources.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office said in a statement on Friday that Foreign Minister Qureshi would undertake extensive discussions on bilateral cooperation with his Iraqi counterpart during his three-day visit to Baghdad.
He would also examine bilateral collaboration in multilateral organizations, including the United Nations (UN) and its successor organizations, as well as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).