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Pakistan says talks with Riyadh, Tehran encouraging

Pakistan s foreign minister said Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan s talks with Tehran and Riyadh had been encouraging after visits to try to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf. Khan travelled to Iran and Saudi Arabia as a facilitator between the arch-rivals, following a series of attacks on oil infrastructure and tankers in recent months that have raised fears of war. Our talks have been encouraging and the response that we got in the two countries was beyond our expectation, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a press conference in Islamabad after Khan s visit to Riyadh. Iranian leadership told us they don t want escalation and wish to resolve the issue peacefully, he said. Iran s leaders said they are also mentally prepared for a dialogue, either direct or with third-party facilitation , Qureshi added. Earlier this week Khan held talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the presidential palace and later met Iran s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. It

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