ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif will visit Saudi Arabia and Iran on Monday to reduce diplomatic tension between two brotherly countries.

PM Nawaz Sharif will have meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during his emergency visit. Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant Tariq Fatmi will accompany PM Nawaz.

According to sources, the prime minister and the army chief would visit Saudi Arabia on coming Monday and Iran on Tuesday to play Pakistan’s role in helping both the countries de-escalate tensions between them.

Both the dignitaries would meet leadership of Saudi Arab and Iran.

Sharif would take other Muslim countries into confidence after visiting both the countries, which are having tensed relations following Saudi execution of religious leader and activist Nimr al-Nimr after which protesters in Iran ransacked Saudi embassy in Tehran.
It is vital to mention here that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during his first tenure in 1997 had also made efforts to reduce bilateral tensions between the two countries on the eve of Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Once again Arab countries, Russia and the United States asked Pakistan to play its role to diffuse tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In 1997, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arranged a meeting between Iranian President Hashemi Ali Rafsanjani and then Saudi crown prince Shah Abdullah. The meeting brought positive results as both the leaders visited each other countries to attend Islamic Conferences.

Reliable sources told Online that the visit of PM Sharif and COAS Raheel Sharif to Iran and Saudi Arabia will be successful and it will help to reduce bilateral tensions between the two countries.