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Nawaz Sharif meets Saudi King Salman to defuse tension between Riyadh and Tehran

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(Riyadh-AlummahWorld, Rabi`II 9, 1437, January 19, 2016) The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held a meeting on Monday at his palace in Riyadh with Pakistan's Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif.

PM Sharif is exerting efforts to defuse tension between Riyadh and Tehran. According to Saudi Press Agency report, during the meeting, aspects of bilateral cooperation between the two sisterly countries and the developments at the regional and international arenas were discussed.

The meeting was attended by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh Region; Prince Dr. Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet, who is also Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard; Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense; Dr. Mohammed Al-Aiban, Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet, who is also the guiding minister of the delegation; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance; Dr. Adel bin Zaid Altoraifi, Minister of Culture and Information; and Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On the Pakistani side, the meeting was attended by General Rahil Sharif, the Commander-in-chief of Pakistani army; Tareq Fatemi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; and Manzour Al-Haq, the ambassador of Pakistan to the Kingdom.

The Pakistani prime minister reiterated the people of Pakistan would always stand with the people of Saudi Arabia against any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the kingdom."

"King Salman acknowledged and appreciated the sincere sentiments of the Pakistani people and the leadership," a Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan`s Army chief General Raheel Sharif met Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman, upon arrival in Riyadh.

"After arriving in Riyadh, the army chief met the Saudi defence minister," the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement.

During the meeting, General Raheel highlighted Pakistan’s perspective on the Middle East situation.

Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Sharif is accompanying prime minister Sharif on a rare visit aimed at diplomacy to reduce odds between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia recently severed diplomatic ties with Iran after attack on Saudi embassy in Tehran.