Saudi-Iran row:Gen Sharif and PM Nawaz arrive in Tehran
RIYADH: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif have arrived in Tehran to meet Iranian leadership, as part of efforts to diffuse rising tensions between Saudia Arabia and Iran.
The Pakistani leadership is slated to meet with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and are also expected to call upon Iranian grand spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
During the visit to the kingdom, the premier met with King Salman, and the prime minister is expected to deliver the king’s message to the Iranian leadership.
General Raheel Sharif also held a meeting with the kingdom’s defence minister soon after arriving in Saudia Arabia.
“Saudi and Pakistani leadership exchanged views on various facets of enduring cooperation with regards to the Saudi initiative of forming a coalition of Islamic countries against terrorism,” said a statement released by the Foreign Office.
On the question of Iran, Syria and Iraq's exclusion from the recently announced 34-nation alliance by the Kingdom, it was stated that the countries were not included due to a trust deficit.
Tensions recently flared between the two-regional rivals after the execution of a prominent Shia cleric, which led to the eruption of protests all over the region.
As a reaction to the execution of the cleric, Riyadh's diplomatic post was also attacked in Iran by angry protesters, which led to the severance of dimplomatic ties between the kingdom and the Islamic Republic, further complicating an already tense atmosphere.
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