PM Khan likely to visit Saudi Arabia and Iran after China visit


Imran Khan, who is now on an official visit to China, will return to Pakistan on Wednesday, and finalize his future trips to Tehran and Riyadh, the report said. The prime minister will hold consultations with important stakeholders prior to departing for the next visits, sources said, adding that the dates for the visits will be announced after necessary consultations.

Last month, Prime Minister Khan himself acknowledged the mediation efforts when he visited NY to attend the UN General Assembly session (UNGA), The Express Tribune reported.

The visit to Iran may prove to be very crucial as reports last month suggested that the premier had offered to act as mediator in order to defuse the increasing tensions in the Middle East.

Although the Yemeni Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility, both Saudi Arabia and the USA have blamed Iran for the drone strikes - a charge Tehran has strongly rebutted. The drone strikes targeting Saudi Arabia oil facilities have raised the specter of direct conflict between Tehran and Riyadh. Before departing to NY.

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Last month, he held talks with Saudi Arabia's leaders in Riyadh, as well as with President Rouhani of Iran on the sidelines of the annual United Nations conference in NY.

Another official said Pakistan remained in contact with both Tehran and Riyadh to find a negotiated settlement of their current crises. Before arriving in the US, Prime Minister Imran Khan went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he held meetings with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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.

Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude exporter, is pushing to improve its image and attract tourists as part of a plan to diversify its economy away from oil.