PM to embark upon shuttle diplomacy

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To cool down Riyadh-Tehran heat

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: With a mission to lessen the ongoing tension in the region, Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Iran on one-day visit on Sunday (tomorrow) to mediate talks between Tehran and Riyadh.
The premier will meet top Iranian leadership including President Hassan Rouhani. Imran Khan will reach Saudi Arabia on Tuesday and take the Saudi government into confidence regarding his visit to Iran.
The PM is scheduled to meet Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his one-day stay in the country. The prime minister will also highlight Kashmir issue in Tehran and Riyadh.
It is pertinent here to mention that the federal cabinet meeting has been rescheduled owing to Imran Khan’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The session will now be held on Monday instead of Tuesday. Agencies Add: The schedule for the upcoming visits of the Prime MinisterImran Khan to Saudi Arabia and Iran has been prepared where he will hold important meetings with the Saudi crown prince and Iranian President.
PM Khan will depart to Saudi Arabia on October 15 (Tuesday) to pay one-day official visit where he will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Later, the premier will visit Iran on Monday after gaining the confidence of Saudi leadership.
Sources said that PM Khan is making efforts to defuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The date of the federal cabinet session was also changed following the foreign visits of the premier as it will be held on October 14 (Monday).
The premier’s visit to Iran is said to be very crucial after he had offered to act as mediator to defuse tensions in the Middle East over the request of the US President Donald Trump and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to the United States (US) for attending the session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
However, it emerged earlier that PM Khan will visit Saudi Arabia on October 29 to participate in three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII) 2019 in Riyadh over the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Saudi Arabian government had also invited Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming event.