Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived at Mashhad Sunday to help play a role in diffusing tensions in the Middle East following threats of a military confrontation between Iran and the United States.
According to Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, Qureshi will hold talks with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and other officials on the current situation in the region.
Qureshi’s visit comes amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington after the latter killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike on January 3 and the subsequent missile attacks by Iran on US bases in Iraq.
The foreign minister will then travel to Riyadh where he will hold talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and consult on the issues of regional peace and stability. During his visits, Qureshi will share Pakistan’s perspective on the current situation by stressing the imperative of avoiding any conflict.