Pakistan trying to defuse Saudi-Iran tension: Irfan Siddique

PakistanPakistan trying to defuse Saudi-Iran tension: Irfan Siddique

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Special Assistant to Prime Minister for National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui has said that Pakistan being a respectable, sovereign and atomic power, is trying to defuse tension between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On January 4, Saudi Arabia announced to end its diplomatic relations with Iran after a series of strong demonstrations held in the Islamic Republic while the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was also set ablaze following the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others on charges of terrorism in the Kingdom.

“We enjoy brotherly and cordial relations with Saudi Arabia due to Harmain Sharifain. Both the countries have signed several agreements for cooperation in defence and other sectors,” Ifan Siddique said while talking to a news channel.

Similarly, he said, Pakistan and Iran had friendly and historical relations besides the latter had supported the former during the 1965 war with India.

Irfan Siddiqui said that Pakistan did not want to strain ties with either Iran or Saudi Arabia, and would not take sides.

“We will talk to the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia during his visit to Pakistan and similarly hold dialogue with Iran to overcome the issue.”

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on his return from Sri Lanka would take steps to end the crisis while the Foreign Office had already started efforts to defuse tension between the two Islamic countries, he added.

He said conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia would not only affect the region but also the entire Muslim Ummah.

The Special Assistant said that Pakistan, Turkey and other Muslim states should hold a foreign ministers’ meeting to work out a plan for removing the differences and easing out tension between the two countries.

He said the media should do positive reporting on the Saudi-Iran issue.

According to the code of conduct, if any TV channel broadcast any wrong news against the friendly countries, it would be issued a notice, he maintained.

He urged the media and religious scholars to play their role in promoting sectarian harmony in the country. Sectarian rift, he said, had decreased due to the government efforts, especially imposing of ban on hate literature and misuse of loudspeakers.

Earlier on Monday, the Foreign Office said that Pakistan is concerned at the recent escalation of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

“The attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, which is against international norms, is most unfortunate and deeply regrettable,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

“It is the responsibility of states to provide full safety and security to all diplomatic Missions and their personnel.”

The statement said that dark forces of extremism and terrorism can take advantage of any disunity in the Muslim Ummah.

“We call for resolution of differences through peaceful means in the larger interest of Muslim unity in these challenging times,” it said.

Source: APP/DND

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