Jan 20, 2016, 9:57 AM
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PM: Pakistan to name focal person for resolving Saudi-Iran conflict

Islamabad, Jan 20, IRNA – Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Iran have agreed to appoint 'focal persons' to follow up Islamabad mediation effort to defuse tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

The prime minister said Pakistan would appoint a focal person to carry forward discussions. “Iran has also agreed to appoint its focal person while Saudi Arabia will be requested by Pakistan to do the same.”

Nawaz Sharif after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, told Pakistani media that Pakistan considers defusing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran as a 'sacred mission'.

Nawaz Sharif has also proposed that Pakistan is ready to host possible talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

He said that it was Pakistan’s own initiative to mediate between the two countries adding that both the countries responded positively to 'our mediation'.

“We think it is our duty to make efforts for unity among all Muslim countries. I am satisfied with my discussions with both Saudi and Iranian leaders,” he said.

He said while the two countries might have reservations against each other, the encouraging sign is that Saudi Arabia and Iran did not consider each other as enemy.