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    Pakistani Prime Minister Khan to Visit Tehran, Riyadh on Sunday in Mediation Efforts

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    RIYADH (Sputnik) - Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will pay an official visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia on Sunday as part of mediation efforts aimed at easing tensions between the two countries.

    Khan's agenda includes discussions on ways to de-escalate tensions in the region. The visit comes after Khan said on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September that Washington and Riyadh had asked him to mediate tensions with Iran.

    According to the politician, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and US President Donald Trump had asked him to talk to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about the deteriorating ties between the countries.

    U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, New York, U.S., September 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

    The standoff between Iran and the United States, as well as the row between Saudi Arabia and Iran, have over the past several months prompted the situation in the Persian Gulf to deteriorate.

    Tensions also escalated after a drone attack on Saudi oil facilities in September, which both Riyadh and Washington blamed on the Islamic Republic. Tehran denied the allegations, stressing that the Houthi movement, fighting against a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, had claimed responsibility for the operation.


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