Pakistan Pledges to 'Bridge Divide' Between Saudi Arabia, Iran

© REUTERS / TIMA/Mehdi GhasemiSmoke rises from Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016
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Islamabad will try to facilitate communication between Riyadh and Tehran amid a diplomatic row.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Islamabad is ready to "bridge the divide" between Iran and Saudi Arabia amid the breakdown in the two countries' diplomatic relations following the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric, the adviser to the Pakistani prime minister on foreign affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Pakistan will continue to play an active and balanced role as an important member of OIC [the Organization of Islamic Cooperation] and a friend of both Saudi Arabia and Iran to bridge the divide," the statement quoted Sartaj Aziz as saying.

View from Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. - Sputnik International
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