Jan 30, 2016, 3:19 PM
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Nawaz Sharif likely to visit Tehran, Riyadh again: Daily Express

Tehran, Jan 30, IRNA – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to pay a visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia in a bid to mediate improvement of ties between Tehran and Riyadh, Pakistani newspaper Daily Express reported.

Daily Express said in a report that Islamabad aims to accelerate mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia and it is likely that Premier Nawaz Sharif or other Pakistani officials pay a visit to both Tehran and Riyadh.

Nawaz Sharif has asked Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi to continue their contacts with Tehran and Riyadh for removal of tensions, the newspaper added.

The newspaper noted that Pakistan has a plan to manage meetings with presence of representatives of Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to resolve tensions.

Daily Express said that Pakistan aims to include China, US and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the mediation process.

Nawaz Sharif on Friday said Pakistan’s image abroad had improved due to the untiring efforts of his diplomatic team.

In what was described as a significant diplomatic mission to Saudi Arabia and Iran, Prime Minister Nawaz and Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif last week met the Saudi and Iranian leaderships in their respective capitals for what the government described as a move to defuse tensions between the two Muslim countries that were sparked by execution of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr and the subsequent suspicious attack on a Saudi mission in Iran by angry protesters.