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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in meeting with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.─ Photo: PMO
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in meeting with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani.─ Photo: PMO
PM shakes hands with First Vice President of Iran Mr Ishaq Jahangiri.─ Photo: PID
PM shakes hands with First Vice President of Iran Mr Ishaq Jahangiri.─ Photo: PID
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS Raheel Sharif holding talks with Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan.─ Photo: PMO
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS Raheel Sharif holding talks with Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan.─ Photo: PMO
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi,  Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can be seen onboard an aircraft enroute from Saudi Arabia to Iran. — Photo: PMO
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can be seen onboard an aircraft enroute from Saudi Arabia to Iran. — Photo: PMO

TEHRAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Saudi Arabia and Iran are brotherly nations and Pakistan wants to defuse tensions between the two countries.

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.

He said Pakistan will appoint a focal person on Saudi-Iran issue and sincere efforts are being done in this regard.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had arrived in Tehran Tuesday ─ 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 Shia cleric by Saudi Arabia.

After arrival Gen Raheel met Iran's Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan, said a statement issued from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Related: Nawaz stresses peaceful resolution to Saudi-Iran row

Posted by Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pakistan, Iran have great affinity: COAS

In his meeting with the Iranian defence minister, the army chief 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.

The Iranian defence minister thanked Gen Raheel Sharif and the people of Pakistan for their efforts to bolster regional security.

Read: Role in anti-terror coalition discussed with Saudi Arabia

PM off to Davos

After holding meetings with the Iranian President's cabinet and defence minister, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif departed from Tehran to Switzerland where he will participate in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) from 20 to 25 January 2016.

He will also visit CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), one of the foremost international centers of scientific research.

Read: Middle East tensions boil as Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran

From Saudi Arabia to Iran

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, the premier met with King Salman, and the prime minister is expected to deliver the king’s message to the Iranian leadership.

PM Nawaz and COAS Raheel Sharif onboard an aircraft enroute from Saudi Arabia to Iran.─ Photo: PMO PM Nawaz and COAS Raheel Sharif onboard an aircraft enroute from Saudi Arabia to Iran.─ Photo: PMO

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.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also assured the Saudi leadership of Pakistan's support, and expressed concern at the recent escalation of tensions between the kingdom and the Islamic Republic.

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.

The kingdom has assured that if the Islamic Republic shows positive signs, diplomatic ties may be restored. A list of points have been given to the Pakistani leadership for discussion with Iran’s leadership, said diplomatic sources.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. -DawnNews Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif. -DawnNews

Nawaz called for resolution of the current crises through peaceful means in the larger interest of the Muslim world.

Related: Grave dangers face Muslim world in light of Saudi-Iran standoff: Sartaj

A wise step

With Pakistan embroiled in its own fight against terrorism, the sudden spike in rivalry between its two friendly countries put additional strains on the civil and military leadership.

Analysts regard the leadership’s diplomatic initiative a wise step to help Riyadh and Tehran prevent the current tensions from taking a hazardous turn which could endanger peace of the entire region.

Moreover, with successful culmination of talks between big powers and Iran over the latter’s nuclear issue, Pakistan certainly eyes certain economic benefits from Tehran re-entering world trade. “With Iran re-joining the world trade, Pakistan can look forward to meeting its energy needs from across the border by completing the pending gas pipeline,” remarked an analyst.

Pakistani delegation in meeting with Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan.─ Photo: PMO Pakistani delegation in meeting with Iranian defence minister Hossein Dehghan.─ Photo: PMO

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.

Related: Iran reacts with fury after Saudis execute Shia cleric

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 diplomatic ties between the kingdom and the Islamic Republic, further complicating an already tense atmosphere.

Also Read: Iran-Saudi row may widen sectarian divide: Pew survey


Comments (110) Closed



Abdullah Masood Jan 19, 2016 02:13pm

Best of luck PM and COAS. Bring good news to home. I am waiting.

Atif Amin Jan 19, 2016 02:13pm

Excellent Efforts. Instead of taking side we should help them resolve tension.

Mehtab Jan 19, 2016 02:14pm

Hope outcome of the visit will be positive.

DJ Jan 19, 2016 02:24pm

I love the way Pakistan is leading this and if we able to to restore the relationship between both countries,it will be an achievement and respect of Pakistan will definitely boost in Ummah.Good Luck.

Rome cruiser Jan 19, 2016 02:29pm

Good Job PM and General

Ali Jan 19, 2016 02:48pm

What can we say war is every where

Aman Jan 19, 2016 02:56pm

Let the peace prevail! Ameen!

MAlvi Jan 19, 2016 03:11pm

It is the right kind of action in this case,

M. asghar Jan 19, 2016 03:14pm

Pakistan should be balanced and firm in its mediation mission between SA and Iran.

Atif Khan Jan 19, 2016 03:14pm

I'm glad Pakistan is playing proactive role in calming down the tensions between the KSA and Iran.

Taimoor Khan Jan 19, 2016 03:17pm

"the prime minister is expected to deliver the king’s message to the Iranian leadership."

Hope for the best. Pakistan should invite both King Salman and Ayatullah Khaminai to Islamabad for one to one talks. This infighting in Muslims world must stop at once.

jehanzeb khan Jan 19, 2016 03:18pm

Healthy relations between Saudia and Iran is the need of Muslim Ummah. Leadership of both countries should sit on table to resolve issues.

taimoor khan Jan 19, 2016 03:18pm

We should concentrate on India and deal firmly against their actions of war against Pakistan, instead of wasting time in Iran KSA tussle, which is not going anywhere.

Jawad Pakistani Jan 19, 2016 03:26pm

Good job, diffuse the situation be the wise leader

whatever Jan 19, 2016 03:29pm

@taimoor khan get a life mate just blaming India wont cut it

ahmad Jan 19, 2016 03:34pm

Good travelling

bilal Jan 19, 2016 03:35pm

the first foreign policy step in a long time that places Pakistan's broader interests first. Good that we're not succumbing to pressures and knocking some sense into our friends. A lot of vested interest would want the region to go into turmoil. Believe Pakistan should double the efforts and aggersively pursue reconciliation at all cost. We don't want more muslims to be shedding blood.

lafanga Jan 19, 2016 03:36pm

This is perhaps the best foreign trip NS has ever taken and that too without his brother in tow.

RA Jan 19, 2016 03:39pm

Prime Ministers take foreign minister/foreign secretary on foreign trips, but Army Chief???

Zaidi, Iqbal Hadi Jan 19, 2016 03:39pm

PM House had announced that PM is going on one day trip each to Saudia and Iran but in fact PM arrived in Riyadh yesterday and flew out today means he was there on 18th and 19th but I am not sure if PM will stay the same length of time in Iran as well. One should not forget that PM is on reconciliation mission which itself demands that PM shall have be completely neutral and gives equal weight to both Saudia and Iran and misbalance, if any, between the two countries shall earn us a black spot. Saudia being visited 1st has also got an edge over Iran and if PM stays just today in Tehran then I have my very serious doubts that Iran leadership will pocket such insult. I wish I am utterly wrong in my assumptions, which I am not, but yet on the face of it ground realities are giving some wrong signals and thus it is quite obligatory on the part of PM to be strictly judicious in his approach and must not under rate Iran at any cost. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Haroon Jan 19, 2016 03:44pm

Iranian media is stating that Iranian supreme leader will not meet any of the two personalities. Also Iranian media is not covering this news and rather bashing Pakistan in the under tones. Moreover not a single Iranian minister was sent at the airport for receiving them. We should remember such type of attitude in the future. Iran is more disrespectful to us and thy have infact disregarded our sincere efforts to bring peace in this region.

M.Saeed Jan 19, 2016 03:44pm

Saudi Arabia must learn from the example of Bangladesh executing some prominent clerics even ignoring its own 1974 agreement and still hell-bent upon executing another top cleric and leader on which Pakistan has kept its diplomatic relations intact. You can only mend what you have.

Zak Jan 19, 2016 03:47pm

@Zaidi, Iqbal Hadi We were told that aim of this visit is to bring peace but by the looks of it , we have confirmed our firm commitment to Saudia against Iran.

Tayyab K Jan 19, 2016 03:52pm

well Done! Good effort.

Zak Jan 19, 2016 03:53pm

@Haroon Current Iran leadership and their govt's attitude is on predictable lines, they don't want to show the world they are weak and ready to compromise.

khanm Jan 19, 2016 03:53pm

For the Arabs and Iranians there is always a tension between nationality and identity. The tension between 'yes' and 'no', between 'I can' and 'I cannot', makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self...any way .good luck

saz Jan 19, 2016 04:00pm

@Haroon they are not disrespectful for us, our PK leadership demonstrated 100% inclination towards Saudi monarch since the very beginning and did not demonstrate neutrality.

Peace Jan 19, 2016 04:02pm

Iran is the the only Muslim country which has got some sense. Iran knows how to play its card. Now the ball is in their court. Iran is one of very few Muslim countries which will never go against India.

BILAL Bilo Jan 19, 2016 04:04pm

Actually the matter of fact is that both the Saudi Arabia and Iran were looking for Arbitrator both don,t want and cannot afford war, Pakistan was better option to bring them together as both studies & Iranian don’t like Turkey because it is their rival and looking for important role and power in middle east which is historically a field of proxy war between Iranian and saudies. After the sanction removal, Iran is expecting to play big role and will reemerge in region, she has already announce to sale more than 500 thousand barrel of oil per day, such move will bring oil price less than $25 per barrel, and Saudies are getting mad where more than 90% revenue come from Oil. European , American and Chinese companies are grievously waiting to exploit the more than 80 million consumers market which was previously closed to the world for decades, Iran is going to rise once again

Ibthaj Khalid Jan 19, 2016 04:08pm

Very good initiative by Pakistan leadership. Be persistent in your efforts. It takes time.

Rohit Jan 19, 2016 04:11pm

The leaders of the Ummah.....good luck

saz Jan 19, 2016 04:12pm

The strengthening of relationship with Saudia means no true intentions to indicate neutrality by PK Govt ? A country like KSA who is constantly interfering in Syria, Iraq, Behrain, Lebanon and Yemen's internal affairs for so many years PK's Govt is giving them the impression that we have no issue over that. And we are still interested in our personal bilateral relations based purely over military help to oppress others nations. All such behaviours have made PK's role dubious and I think it is not going to work.

Azmeen Jan 19, 2016 04:21pm

A good initiative. Wishing PM all the success.

ali sikandar chachar Jan 19, 2016 04:21pm

If KSA and Iran agreed to restore diplomatic relations through the mediation of Pakistan before the arrival of world leaders like Xi-Jinping and John Kerry, it would be a great historic success of Pakistan. Hoping both countries will not let go in vain efforts of PM and COAS.

GREEN Jan 19, 2016 04:35pm

Great job!!!

faryal Jan 19, 2016 04:43pm

With Iran re-joining the world trade, Pakistan can look forward to meeting its energy needs from across the border by completing the pending gas pipeline

Iftikhar Husain Jan 19, 2016 04:54pm

It is very complicated issue but wrth trying to bring them toghether. We all vwish Pakistan luck in this respect.

real zak Jan 19, 2016 05:15pm

Presence of Raheel Sharif could bring something better between them.

Sunil Jan 19, 2016 05:15pm

There will be no truce between KSA and Iran, Pakistan's effort will be back to sqaure one.

Ali Akhtar(Multan) Jan 19, 2016 05:26pm

Excellent and Wise Move by the one and only - Nawaz Sharif. It is Nawaz that restored Peace. In Nawaz we trust.

Mustafa Jan 19, 2016 05:34pm

Well done General.

Akbar Khan Jan 19, 2016 05:37pm

Great initiative from Pakistan. Any efforts for peace are always welcome.

I am waiting for that day, when both these leaders also visit India together to normalise the relations.

Peace... Peace... Peace.

Sudhanshu Swami Jan 19, 2016 05:37pm

If Nawaz and Raheel come to India they will see grand welcome. Not like KSA and Iran. Same for Indian PM in Pakistan.

Aamir Shahzad Jan 19, 2016 05:42pm

Pakistan has shown top level maturity in handling the current situation and this move has addressed the concerns of all Pakistanis having soft corner for Iran and SA both. We wish these two countries should also display maturity and greater sense prevails as a result of Pakistan's sincere efforts.

Muhammad Jan 19, 2016 05:43pm

Let the leadership of both these countries behave sensibly instead of playing in the hands of enemies of Islam

Naxalite Jan 19, 2016 05:52pm

Surprised to see this Top-Level Pakistani Delegation only met Iranian Defense Minister!

Taimoor Khan Jan 19, 2016 05:55pm

@Haroon I agree, Iranian behavior is worth noting, they send a unknown person to greet the two most powerful men in Pakistan. Bash Saudis all you want and I do it all the times as well, but atleast they send their most powerful men including their defacto King , Prince Mohammad, to Pakistan to cajole us. On the other hand, Iranians are hardly bothered. It seems that American deal by surrendering their nuke program to the west is getting to their head.

AA Jan 19, 2016 05:59pm

@Haroon Iran has built Gas pipeline of its side and has been asking Pakistan to build its part as well for past 2 years. Pakistan instead went on to sign the TAPI pipeline. We always stood by Saudi Arabia and now that Iran has no sanctions they are going to come out as the strongest nation in the region...and Pakistan would now get no lift from iran as we have not been good neighbours to them...so all in all Pakistan always seems to be standing on the wrong side of the fence.

Faisal Jan 19, 2016 06:13pm

@Naxalite atleast Pakistan didn't show ego, and visited Iran, no matter what.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 19, 2016 06:24pm

Who greeted PM at Tehran airport must be known? I can see some Iranian in uniform talking to PM but he may or he may not be the one who was the 1st to welcome our VVIP? I am not sure as to what is the Order of Precedence in Saudia but the fact remains that PM Nawaz was greeted by Riyadh Governor who as per my understanding is a junior in the power corridor of Saudia but done is done and cannot be undone. Our PM staff should have the guts to ask Riyadh and Tehran in advance as to what will be the position of the person welcoming PM in Riyadh and Tehran so that our VVIP gets the proper protocol and not otherwise. Who saw off PM when he flew out from Riyadh? Saudi Defense Minister when arrived at Islamabad he was greeted by none but our Defense Minister and Sartaj. I wish someone may please elucidate on the protocol extended to our PM both in Saudia and Iran. Thanks in advance.

Miraj uddin Jan 19, 2016 06:32pm

Good job by Pm and General, UKS and Iran should meditate on the issue! otherwise Pakistan shall adopt the policy to defend its national interest; because Pakistan has always played a positive role to diffuse the tension between Iran and UKS therefore, its stance should be appreciated and act accordingly......

Habib Jan 19, 2016 06:34pm

Perhaps the discussion can also be the treatment and killing of Shias in Pakistan.

Ghaznavi Jan 19, 2016 06:51pm

Meeting with defense minister tells it all. Iran is not interested in any peace talks.

Jan 19, 2016 06:56pm

@Haroon vice presidente of Iran received them and Iranian media is busy covering iaea sg presence in iran

Ghaznavi Jan 19, 2016 06:59pm

@Habib "Perhaps the discussion can also be the treatment and killing of Shias in Pakistan." I agree with you 100%. Any mistreatment of Iranian citizens in Pakistan should be included in the talks.

xpakistani Jan 19, 2016 06:59pm

Arabs and Iranians think they are better Muslims than us. We should strengthen our relationship with India, except religion, we have many things common with the Indian majority and our leaders don't need an interpreter to talk to each other.

Abbas Jan 19, 2016 07:07pm

Thank you General Raheel for pressurizing PM and following through with him to take this initiative as war is looming on our doorstep. Not too long ago in history PM Nawaz in 90s implemented US/Saudi Pro Taliban policies on our western borders without thinking about it's consequences and we are still burning for carrying that load.

Satt Jan 19, 2016 07:13pm

Pakistan has put oil in the fire they shouldn't have to interfered.

Ghaznavi Jan 19, 2016 07:18pm

@AA "@Haroon Iran has built Gas pipeline of its side and has been asking Pakistan to build its part as well for past 2 years. Pakistan instead went on to sign the TAPI pipeline. We always stood by Saudi Arabia and now that Iran has no sanctions they are going to come out as the strongest nation in the region...a......"

This visit was about reducing tensions and an attempt to mediate between the two nations. It was not about "Alif laila" of the past. Iranians have insulted us by not providing the right protocol. One can send his or her servant to greet the guest at the door but not holding meeting at highest level is an insult.

Sachin Jan 19, 2016 07:21pm

Hope peace prevails.

Muhammad Jan 19, 2016 07:34pm

@Taimoor Khan Iran has the best diplomats in the whole Muslim world they have 5000 years of remarkable history on their back they are most educated and civilized people in the Muslim world they know how to deal with odds they showed their displeasure against our servitude towards the Monarchs

Ahmed Haneef Jan 19, 2016 08:09pm

Prime minister and COAS spent just 5% of their trip in Iran (few hours) vs few days in Saudia. My analysis, Saudis took more time because they have a lot of confusing issues internal and external while Iran is pretty straight forward so few hour were enough for COAS and PM.

Ghaznavi Jan 19, 2016 08:09pm

@Muhammad "Taimoor Khan Iran has the best diplomats in the whole Muslim world they have 5000 years of remarkable history on their back" Well said ! who can forget Nader Shah and his civilized behavior in Delhi! Please save us this story on how superior Iranians are! They are no different then any nation in the world. There can be no excuse for insulting our top leadership.

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 19, 2016 08:17pm

Rationally speaking in the given boiling situation there could be just two possible scenarios to handle the situation and I doubt there could be some third option as well? (a) Is there any message from Saudi King for Iranian President to be conveyed through PM Nawaz to end the bitterness? (b) Is PM suggesting at his own as to what steps Iran should take to end the confrontation with Saudia? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiolomat@hotmail.com

flying star Jan 19, 2016 08:48pm

all of OIC contrys must be united whit peace and strong there economie Pakistan are making nice contructive role bravo Pakistan

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 19, 2016 08:50pm

It is already 1927 hours in Tehran and after a while quite naturally dinner will be served but I am only interested to know as to where PM will sleep tonight? Don't forget he slept last night in Riyadh so the equation demands that today PM must spend the night in Tehran and then fly out tomorrow so that there is no heart burning amongst Iranians on this account. Truly speaking, Pakistan can neither afford to annoy Saudia nor it is advisable to displease Iran and thus in the greater interest of Pakistan we shall have to maintain balanced equilibrium between the two friendly countries unless we are our own enemy. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

Mobeen Mustafa Jan 19, 2016 09:01pm

In my opinion P.M and COAS Gen.Raheel Sharif has taken a prestigious political and riligional move. Both went to Iran in behalf of Saudia Arabia.I agree upon this move because the issues between both contries could be guessed as a religious war.

I am happy to see Pakistan is capable in present to solve neighbour's and best friend's issues. Ihope that in future Pakistan will be rising as aboosted country underworld

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 19, 2016 09:23pm

Gone with the wind. It is reported that PM could only meet Iranian President though it had been announced that he will meet spiritual leader as well but it did not happen at all. It is also noticed that PM has already flown out of Tehran to Swiss to attend Economic Forum which in other words prove that PM was not even on one day trip to Iran but on just a flying visit to be whereas in Riyadh the same PM yesterday not only spent many hours in the day but even slept there and flew out from there today to Tehran. Very novel logistics on the part of PM, to be honest, to behave alike at the time when he tried to step in as a neutral person to normalize the relations between Saudia and Iran. Why and how PM could not meet the spiritual leader can very easily be understood though it shocked at least me if not PM but one gets what one deserves? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.com

sidney Jan 19, 2016 09:32pm

We have to give credit to Pakistan for acting responsibly and diffuse tension between Iran and KSA. The Middle east is a real mess and the rivalry between these two giants will only make it easier for terrorists. Credit to the two Sharifs, who are performing wonderfully in tandem

Sonny Afridi Jan 19, 2016 09:36pm

Happy to see Pakistan taking the center line and trying to bridge the 2 belligerent but important countries of the Islamic world. It will take some time and a lot of diplomacy. Issue is the west who thrives off their division. I don't expect anything to come out of this immediately, but it's worth to keep trying and trying till the Saudis and Iranians come to their senses.

Abdulla Hussain Jan 19, 2016 09:48pm

Congratulations to PM Nawaz Sharif & Gen. Raheel Sharif, excellent initiative to help build good relationship between Saudi Arabia & Iran. May they reach a peace & friendship agreement soon. Well done Pakistan.

planner Jan 19, 2016 09:57pm

Well set and finely crafted diplomatic and strategic move by political and security sections for regional peace and stability. Additionally, it will also prove instrumental in asserting regional and geostartegic importance of country among wearing international arena, particularly, highlighting the ironical political and strategic failure of state. Good in luck in good ambitions

Pamir Jan 19, 2016 10:09pm

@Haroon "Moreover not a single Iranian minister was sent at the airport for receiving them".

I would check my facts before expressing accusing...

According to this http://payvand.com/news/16/jan/Pakistan-Prime-Minister-Nawaz-Sharif-arrives-in-Tehran.jpg photograph Iranian Defense Minister greeted the PM and COAS.

Taimoor Khan Jan 19, 2016 10:18pm

@Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Maybe the Iranian spiritual leader didnt want to meet the Pakistani delegation. And to be fair, while Saudis are doing all they can to cajole Pakistan, Iranians are hardly bothered. You need to look at the bigger picture. Pakistan can try to diffuse the situation between two willing parties, but it seems Iranians are running high on their American nuke deal and not interested in Pakistan's efforts. At least we have done our bit, if it all goes belly up in middle east, no one can point fingers at Pakistan for not trying.

Nadir kandani Jan 19, 2016 10:19pm

Saudi Arabia and Iran are not rivals.They have strong Islamic bond attraction.They have Makkah to bend their hearts.All efforts to divide Umah will not succeed.Our leader will come back successful.Both countries have realized that division will cause serious blow to our unity.May God save us from conspiracies.All credit goes to our beloved army chief and prime minister.They have contributed a lot to save our country and unite Muslim of the world.More over entire world has focussed both leaders to get rid of terrorism and extremism.May they live long!

suchbaath Jan 19, 2016 10:43pm

Picture says everything which is missing from Iranian official news agency IRNA of Nawaz Sharif with the Iranian President. Only photo of Nawaz Sharif is with the Vice President is printed with comments from the Iranian Vice President who said " Pakistan reserves top priority in the list of countries with which Iran wants to expand relations".

Yawar Jan 19, 2016 10:46pm

Good to see Prime Minister Sharif and General Sharif together on such an important peace mission.

Ialaluddin S. Hussain Jan 19, 2016 10:50pm

I am happy that Pakistan is playing a positive role in improving relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Yawar Jan 19, 2016 10:58pm

@Nadir kandani A conspiracy is not needed to divide us. Our intolerance to opposing views and interpretations resulting in deliberate actions and words to hurt each other are enough.

Raja Owais Jan 19, 2016 11:44pm

Thanks Taimoor Khan for the reminder on terrorism problem. While we work on multiple fronts for peace, we should stay focused on countries which are against peace and are actually busy in creating terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Whenever Pakistan talks of peace India's RAW hit us with a terrorist attack. Pakistan should talk to them in same language.

Khwarezmi Jan 19, 2016 11:50pm

Pakistan should take her God given role as the leader of the Muslim World. We have everything to make this happen. It is time we created a defence pact between key Muslim countries across Asia, Africa and Europe.

Abbas Khan Jan 19, 2016 11:57pm

@jehanzeb khan True but If these two countries resolve their differences, its over for the west and thats what they (west) are worried about the most.

Dare Jan 20, 2016 12:13am

@RA Because primary reason for the trip to KSA was the 34 nation coalition and unconditional support of Pakistan

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Jan 20, 2016 12:55am

Well done PM Nawaz you have played wonderful role of a reconciliatory what was expected of you and it is very earnestly hoped that prayed that eventually your efforts shall germinate the seeds of good will gesture between Iran and Saudi Arabia though it is a bit time consuming activity. Needless to mention, as and when two persons or, for that matter, two countries are at odds with each other for any reasons then quite naturally they need some third party to intervene so that the situation can be diluted otherwise the two will remain belligerent. Had PM not taken the initiative the situation had remained unchanged. Thank you very much indeed PM for your concern and efforts proving not only to Saudia and Iran but to the rest of the world as well that Pakistan is a peace loving country and it is always very happily available to play its positive role as and when demanded. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait

Ali Jan 20, 2016 01:06am

Funny that there is no statement released by either saudi or iranian side. They have not even welcomed the initiation.

Ahmed Jan 20, 2016 01:12am

It's honest good effort to separate two brotherly Muslim countries. At the same time PM need to make it clear to both parties that Pakistan must not become their proxy war craze.

Syed Jan 20, 2016 01:19am

MASHALLAH, a very positive step by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to work for peace and enhanced cooperation for the Muslim world and Humanity as a whole. Peace is an inevitable and must be taken step for a better world. GOD BLESS keep up the hardwork.

azam Jan 20, 2016 01:30am

@Zaidi, Iqbal Hadi Zaid sahib. I undetstand your concern being a Shia but Pakistan should take both a s brothers believe me the adversary is waiting for these two to start fight one will side one the other the opposite who will suffer destruction the ummah please let us forget Shai sunni...be Muslims positive and peaceful...remember Iran Iraq war weakened the ummah where are we going agaian

Yasir Matin Jan 20, 2016 01:31am

Pakistan is a responsible and trust worthy country. We just need to change our corrupt political system. Proud moments for Pakistan.

Najib Khan Jan 20, 2016 01:36am

@Habib In Pakistan, everyone has been affected by the terrorism and violence, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or color. They were all Pakistanis, and human beings. Shame on such thinking.

Farooq Sheikh Jan 20, 2016 01:48am

Saudi Arabia needs to be told in no uncertain terms that it must stop its draconian methods to suppress the fundamental human rights. The death of the shia cleric can not be undone. KSA must repent and promise to change its tactics. THat what Iran should say

muzammil ullah khan Jan 20, 2016 02:00am

What a joke !!

Waqas Hassan Jan 20, 2016 02:08am

Pakistan can now also look to defuse tension in Syria / Yemen by being a proxy negotiator between US, KSA, Syria and Russia. Just a thought!

Saim Jan 20, 2016 02:57am

Good initiative taken by PMNS and Raheel Sharif, both should work hard to normalize ties between two muslim countries.

L.Ahmad Jan 20, 2016 03:22am

What do you mean? Once Iran & Iraq were two brotherly countries but fought a long war.

ali Jan 20, 2016 03:34am

It is not clear how successful the trip to Tehran has been.

Smith Jan 20, 2016 04:22am

Great stand! Iran and Saudi Arabia are brotherly countries like Pakistan and India. At the end of the day you have to come to the negotiating table, so why not start there.

Mustafa R. Jan 20, 2016 05:04am

@Haroon ;

'Moreover not a single Iranian minister was sent at the airport for receiving them.'

Wrong!! Iranian Defense Minister General Hussain Dehqan received Pakistani party at Tehran's Mehrabad airport.

Syed Ahmed, Canada Jan 20, 2016 05:05am

When peace is established in the Middle East, Pakistan will not stay far behind.

Mustafa R. Jan 20, 2016 05:05am

@Haroon;

'Iranian media is stating that Iranian supreme leader will not meet any of the two personalities.'

Wrong again!!

Ahmed Haneef Jan 20, 2016 05:12am

It would be difficult for Nawaz Sherif to mediate and gain Iranian confidence and trust as Nawaz has a lot of personal interest in Saudi Arabia,

Mustafa R. Jan 20, 2016 05:13am

@Haroon;

'Also Iranian media is not covering this news and rather bashing Pakistan in the under tones.'

Iranian media carried large photos of Nawaz Sharif meeting president Hassan Rouhani and I did not detect any Pakistan bashing.

Waseem Jan 20, 2016 05:15am

@Zaidi, Iqbal Hadi Iran is worst country to begin with , So I am careless about later country .

Mustafa R. Jan 20, 2016 05:19am

@Peace;

'Iran is one of very few Muslim countries which will never go against India.'

Iran is a much more astute nation than Pakistan. They know very well that Iran's worst enemy is India's best friend. Don't fancy yourselves with the idea of a strategic alliance, Iran does just normal business with India and their strategic allies are Russia and China.

Riaz Jan 20, 2016 05:20am

@Haroon
I give full marks to both Sharifs for this quick visit to bring temp down in middle east. Iranian leading news paper and TV channel presstv has their visit on front page. It is however missing on Aljazeera for unknown reasons. Probably half day visit does not allow a lot of meetings like with supreme leader. It was not planned anyway to meet with him

Mustafa R. Jan 20, 2016 05:25am

@saz;

'bilateral relations based purely over military help to oppress others nations.'

Totally incorrect. Pakistan has not helped Saudis attack any other country except for Nawaz Sharif's token participation in the war to free Kuwait.

Vorshal Jan 20, 2016 06:21am

Call it what you like, Pakistan finds itself between the rock and the hard place!

WiseMan Jan 20, 2016 03:59pm

I am not sure how positively this move is taken by Soudi and Iran. The relationship can't be normalized by mediation by third countries unless the two countries themselves make an effort. Pakistan is just clarifying both the nation that it is neutral to the mess at middle east and is not taking side as was the case previously.

Hashim Jan 20, 2016 08:57pm

They need a middleman till they establish relationship and consulates. Any previous ambassador of Pakistan who had been ambassador to both countries will do the job. Pakistani consulates in Iran and Saudi should engage and do the job so urgently needed, they need people whom be friend to both and trusted by both for mediation. May be trip by Iranian President to Saudi be arranged on emergent basis will do the job after mediation.

Dawn Jan 20, 2016 09:04pm

Its job of Pakistan consulates in Iran and Saudi to solve the conflict.