Pakistan happy about Saudi-Iran rapprochement: PM

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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said bridging of differences between Saudi Arabia and Iran is a remarkable achievement and the positive development was seen by Pakistan with happiness and hope.

Speaking at an Iftar dinner hosted by him in honour of ambassadors of Islamic countries here, he said, “Because of the blessings of Ramazan, Saudi Arabia and Iran have bridged their differences and this is a remarkable achievement. “We are all happy about this positive development and the follow up has been extremely speedy. It is a great pleasure to witness meetings of foreign ministers, and delegations visiting Riyadh and Tehran.

“This development is seen by Pakistan as a message of great happiness and hope. I am sure this progress will multiply in many ways in the future,” he added. Talking about the Palestine issue, he said hundreds of people were killed in Palestine in the last many months in naked aggression. The Prime Minister of Palestine and some of his cabinet members had made statements saying the violence against the Palestinians was increasing, he continued.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said the world had witnessed a rough period and one could see what happened in global markets. Prices of oil and other items had gone beyond the reach of developing countries including Pakistan and other countries, he noted. He said Pakistan suffered unprecedented floods because of climate change and then there was a massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria. The PM said the Pakistani government was grateful to Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Malaysia for their very valuable and timely assistance for the flood victims.

Every Muslim country came to help Pakistan at a difficult period and “we will remember your support for all times to come”, he remarked. The prime minister said the occupation forces in Palestine had shown disdain and crossed red lines without any qualm. He said Ramazan was a holy month which emphasised upon restraint, empathy, kindness, self-introspection, generosity and effort to bridge differences.

Pakistan Monday welcomed the recent dialogue and diplomatic engagement towards the attainment of peace in Yemen with particular reference to the Saudi role and endeavors in reinforcing the efforts of the Sultanate of Oman and the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen. In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson said, “The Saudi efforts towards an amicable resolution of the Yemeni crisis, we believe, are timely and would promote peace, stability and development in the region.” “Pakistan reiterates its principled support for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis through dialogue and consultation,” she added.