Prime Minister Imran Khan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Sunday during his official day trip, and both leaders emphasized the need for peace in the region.
"I told Prime Minister Imran that we welcome any gesture by Pakistan for peace in the region and appreciate your visit to our country," Rouhani said at a joint press conference with the prime minister.
Rouhani said the two leaders had discussed, among other things, the war in Yemen and the US sanctions against Iran.
"The regional problems must be resolved by regional means and dialogue. We also emphasize that any gesture of good will will be answered with a gesture of good will and good words," said the Iranian president.
"We also discussed how the nuclear agreement could be restored," Rouhani added.
Rouhani also warned that Iran would respond to any threat, saying it was a "big mistake" to think that it would not, according to the Associated Press.
Prime Minister Imran thanked Rouhani for speaking on behalf of the people of Kashmir occupied at the UN General Assembly in New York, where the two leaders also held a meeting on the sidelines.
"Mr President, the main reason I came here with my delegation is that we do not want conflicts in the region. Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties in the last 15 years in the & # 39; war on terror & # 39 ;, Afghanistan continues to suffer , [there is ] terrible devastation in Syria: we don't want another conflict in this part of the world, "Imran said.
"Mr President, we have Iran as a neighbor, our ties with Iran go back. Saudi Arabia has been one of our closest friends. Saudi Arabia has helped us when we needed it, when we needed it and, therefore, the reason This trip was that we do not want a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
"We recognize that it is a complex issue, but we believe that it can be resolved through dialogue. What should never happen is a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran because this will not only affect the entire region, two sister countries will be affected, this it will cause poverty in the world and oil prices will rise.
"There is an interest created behind this conflict," the prime minister added.
Speaking about his visit to Iran and his next trip to Saudi Arabia, he said it was Pakistan's own initiative and said he was encouraged after his meeting with Rouhani.
"I will go to Saudi Arabia with a positive mind. We would like to play the role of facilitator and not of mediator. We want to facilitate two fraternal Islamic countries."
"It is a complex situation but it can be resolved.
"We also discussed how the nuclear agreement could be restored. When we were in New York, US President Donald Trump asked us to facilitate some kind of dialogue with Iran and the United States," the prime minister said, adding that Pakistan I was aware of difficulties.
Prime Minister Imran calls the supreme leader
Later, Prime Minister Imran called Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran, the prime minister's office said in a statement.
The prime minister thanked the supreme leader for his support of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, occupied by India, for their right to self-determination.
He said that Muslim Ummah faces numerous internal and external challenges. "It is important to articulate a message of unity and solidarity among Muslim nations," the prime minister added.
Arrive in Tehran
Earlier, both leaders conducted "powerful consultations" during the meeting, Pakistan's official Twitter account Tehreek-i-Insaf said.
"Pakistan attaches great importance to bilateral ties with Iran," the prime minister said according to the PTI. "Pakistan is willing to play its role in strengthening peace and stability in the region."
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, special assistant to the prime minister on overseas Pakistanis, human resources development, said Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and other officials were also present during the meeting.
The prime minister also held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who had received the prime minister upon arrival.
The Foreign Ministry, in a statement issued on Saturday, said Prime Minister Imran was visiting Tehran "as part of his initiative to promote peace and security in the region."
This is Prime Minister Imran's second visit to Iran this year. In April, he made an official two-day trip at the invitation of President Rouhani.
The & # 39; initiative & # 39; peace of the prime minister
Relations between Tehran and Riyadh have worsened following an attack on the world's largest crude oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia on September 14. Saudi Arabia blamed the attack on Tehran, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview with CBS The "60 minutes" program had said that a war with Iran will be catastrophic for the global economy.
The New York Times and some other media organizations had previously claimed that the Saudi crown prince had asked Prime Minister Imran to mediate between his country and Iran to avoid war.
The prime minister had also said at a press conference in New York on September 24 that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, had asked him for help to calm the tensions and immediately went to meet President Rouhani on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly last month.
However, the FO in a statement on Saturday credited the prime minister for the peace initiative. It said: "The initiative for the possibility of dialogue between KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] and Iran, the two sister countries of Pakistan, is an effort by the Prime Minister of Pakistan to guarantee peace in the region. "
The statement denies that the crown prince has delivered a message to the Iranian leaders or even asked Prime Minister Imran to play a mediating role with Iran.
Meanwhile, Iran said it was open to any mediation or direct talks with Saudi Arabia.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with TRT Speaking about the initiative of the prime minister, he said: "We have never rejected any intermediary […] We have always been open to mediation and we have always been open to direct conversations with our Saudi neighbors. "
Emphasizing the importance of dialogue to solve pending problems, he said: "We have no choice but to talk to each other."