Pakistan Senate for mediatory role between Iran, Saudi Arabia

Islamabad, Sept 8, IRNA - Pakistan Senate standing committee on foreign affairs has proposed the government to play a mediatory role between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

This was stated by Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed after the briefing to the committee by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Pakistan's foreign policy and the recent visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Mushahid talking to media after the briefing said that the committee was informed that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a national project and the government is committed to proactively pursuing all the projects under the CPEC.

He said that the committee was told that there was 'a slight change' in the US approach towards Pakistan, adding that the Americans have now acknowledged that there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and 'they have now realized that it needs a politically negotiated solution to the conflict.'

Furthermore, he said that the committee desired that Pakistan should play a mediatory role between Saudi Arabia and Iran, as both are the brotherly countries.

He further said that the committee also sought that Foreign Office should be the 'center of gravity' of the country's foreign policy on which the foreign minister expressed desire that Parliament should provide guidelines for the country's foreign policy.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the committee that the US was conveyed that Pakistan has successfully fought the war against terrorists and both Pakistan and the US have shared interests to defeat the terrorists.

Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that the next round of talks between Pakistan and the US will be held in Washington when Foreign Minister Qureshi will be traveling to lead Pakistan's delegation to the UN General Assembly session in New York.

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