Pakistan PM Intends to Heal Tehran-Riyadh Rift

Pakistan PM Intends to Heal Tehran-Riyadh Rift

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Riyadh and Tehran in a bid to mend ties between the regional powers after the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr led to attacks on the kingdom's diplomatic buildings in Iran.
Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Saturday that Sharif would depart on Monday for Riyadh, where he will meet with King Salman. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies.
On Tuesday, Sharif will meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, AP reported. The Pakistani prime minister will be accompanied by his country's military chief, General Raheel Sharif.
Saudi Arabia and Iran back opposite sides in the wars in Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran after the attacks on its diplomatic premises.


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