Pakistan has made considerable progress in its bid to defuse tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran which followed the uprisings against Gulf regimes, news reports here said yesterday.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia was designed to mediate between the two countries, Express Tribune newspaper reported. Strained relations between them touched their lowest ebb after Riyadh accused Tehran of instigating demonstrations in Bahrain and interfering in Arab countries’ internal affairs.
The Saudi foreign minister expressed support for Pakistan’s efforts in promoting peace and stability in the region during his talks with Khar, media reports said. However, Saudi Arabia did ask Pakistan to use its influence over Iran to persuade it to avoid interfering in Arab countries’ affairs.
Riyadh’s positive response came after Khar had extensive discussions with key Saudi leaders including Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal, Secretary-General of the National Security Council Prince Bandar bin Sultan and Saudi Interior Minister Mohammad bin Naif.
Islamabad took the initiative after Tehran expressed its desire to improve relations with Saudi Arabia that have worsened after Riyadh sent troops to Bahrain to help Manama curb bloody demonstrations. Agencies