【Tehran】Hours after his crucial meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said his country sees 'Pakistan as a neighboring brother'.
PM Imran on October 13 called on Iran's Supreme Leader during his one-day visit to Tehran with an aim to deescalate the growing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Responding to PM Imran's message of unity and solidarity among the Muslim nations, Khamenie tweeted: "Iran sees #Pakistan as a neighboring brother.
Ayatollah Khamenei said, "With this unprecedented opportunity, the relations of the two countries should be better than what they currently are. Security of the borders should be enhanced, and suspended projects like the gas pipeline should be completed."
During the meeting, Pakistani premier thanked Khamenie for support to the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir for their right of self-determination, according to a statement posted on Government of Pakistan's Twitter account.
Earlier, PM Imran had a detailed meeting with President Hassan Rouhani on issues regarding Gulf security and peace in the region. Speaking at a joint press conference with the Iranian president, Imran said a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia should never happen. "The issue is complex but can be resolved through dialogue. Pakistan does not want any conflict in the region, as it has suffered 70,000 casualties in the war on terrorism and the neighbouring Afghanistan too suffered badly in the ongoing conflict," he said. Rouhani appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan to de-escalate regional peace and stability.
○PM meets Saudi king, crown prince
【Riyadh】Prime Minister Imran Khan met King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his day-long visit to Riyadh on October 15, as part of his initiative for peace and security in the Middle East.
During the separate meetings, PM Imran, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed matters of mutual interest. The leaders also discussed the ways and means to further strengthen bilateral cooperation and ensure regional peace. Imran Khan also briefed the Saudi leadership on the latest situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Imran Khan also stressed the need for resolving differences and conflicts through political and diplomatic means for the sake of peace and stability in the region.
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