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Pakistan PM Sharif concluded Riyadh-Tehran visit, urges to defuse tention

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(Tehran-AlummahWorld, Rabi`II 13, 1437, January 23, 2016) Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif concluded a high diplomacy visit to Riyadh and Tehran where he met King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Iranian president Hasan Rouhani urging them to defuse tentions between the two countries.

Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to Tehran said that the Saudi Arabia and Iran are brotherly nations and Pakistan wants to defuse tensions between the two countries.

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Speaking to media in Tehran after meeting Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and his cabinet members, the premier said Pakistan had achieved success in normalising ties between the two countries in 1997 and also played the same role during tensions between Iran and Iraq.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had arrived in Tehran a day after holding meetings with Saudi leadership in Riyadh in a bid to defuse tensions between the two countries that soar after the hanging of a Iranian backed Saudi cleric by Saudi Arabia. Attacks on Saudi embassy and a consulate in Iran sharply increased the tention while Riyadh and other GCC nations cut off their diplomatic relations with Iran by recalling their respective diplomatic missions.

In his meeting with the Iranian defence minister, the army chief General Raheel Sharif reiterated that "Pakistan takes Iran as a very important neighbouring Muslim country and the people of Pakistan have a great affinity with their Iranian brothers," added the statement.

Gen Raheel said terrorism is a global threat that can potentially destabilise the region, adding that a coordinated response was needed to deal with the menace.

A rare visit of Pakistan`s prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif to Riyadh and Tehran show Islamabad eagerness to reduce further tentions between Islamic countries.