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Pakistan’s PM Khan may visit Saudi Arabia, Iran ‘on mediation mission’

Pakistan’s PM Khan may visit Saudi Arabia, Iran ‘on mediation mission’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to visit Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Foreign Office in Islamabad has said. The statement comes weeks after Islamabad said Washington had asked it to mediate with Tehran.

Khan last month described a request made by US President Donald Trump, asking the Pakistani leader to help defuse tensions with Iran, Reuters reports.

Washington had blamed Tehran for an attack on the world’s biggest crude oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia. Tensions have elevated between Iran and Saudi Arabia since the attack, which took place on September 14.

Yemen’s Houthi group, which has been fighting a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015, has claimed responsibility, but Washington and Riyadh blame Iran. Iran denies involvement.