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Khan claims Pakistan helped ease Iran-Saudi tensions

Khan said Pakistan has been mediating talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran [Getty]

Date of publication: 4 August, 2020

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Imran Khan has claimed that Pakistan's mediation efforts prevented a fall-out between Saudi Arabia and Iran from escalating.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has claimed that his country has helped ease tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, following years of deadlock between the two sides.

Khan told Al Jazeera that talks between the two regional rivals are ongoing, at a slow pace, but that Islamabad's efforts prevented an escalation between the two sides.

"Our mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia has not stopped and we are making progress but slowly," Khan told Al Jazeera in an exclusive interview with the broadcaster.

"We have done our best to avoid a military confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and our efforts have succeeded."

Iran and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads for decades, but tensions escalated following accusations by Riyadh that Tehran is supplying ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen, which have been fired into the kingdom.

Missile and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure have also been blamed on Iran.

Khan also accused India of coming under an "extremist ideology" under Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Muslims the target.

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