Imran Khan Holds Talks with Iranian Officials Amid Growing Tensions

Published October 13th, 2019 - 09:16 GMT
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during the 74th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has arrived in Tehran to hold talks with senior Iranian officials amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.

Accompanied by his aide Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khan arrived at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Sunday.

A Pakistani Foreign Ministry statement said the visit will focus on “peace and security in the region.”


The Pakistani premier is expected to sit down for talks with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. He well then head to Saudi Arabia.

It is Khan's second visit to Tehran this year amid an escalation in regional tensions.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 74th session of UN General Assembly in New York, Khan announced that US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had both asked him to mediate with Iran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Saturday that the country was prepared to hold talks with Saudi Arabia, with or without mediation.

On Friday, Pakistan's FM Qureshi stressed that the region could not afford a war.

"Saudi Arabia is our strategic partner, whereas Iran is a friend and neighbor,” he said. “We are seeking that misunderstandings between the two Muslim countries will be cleared through talks."

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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