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Offer of mediation between Tehran, Riyadh top on Pakistani media

Islamabad, The meeting between Iran's envoy and victorious head of Pakistani party that won the latest election appeared among the top headlines of leading Pakistani media on Saturday.

Head of Tahreek-e Insaf Imran Khan in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Islamabad Mehdi Honardoost said that he was willing to mediate between Tehran and Riyadh with the aim of resolving Iran-Saudi Arabia disputes.

The Pakistani party has emerged as the main winner in National Assembly general election on July 21.

Imran Khan also announced that his country was seeking to develop relations with Iran in every sphere.

He expressed assurance that nothing can impede Tehran-Islamabad bilateral ties.

The Pakistani most-widely-read English daily Dawn, Samaa TV, the state-run news agency APP, SUCH TV, Tribune and News all published the news of the meeting and the offer made by Imran Khan to the Iranian diplomat.

'We want to improve ties with Iran. Saudi Arabia is a friend who has always stood by us in difficult times. Our aim will be that whatever we can do for conciliation in the Middle East, we want to play that role. Those tensions, that fight, between neighbors, we will try to bring them together,' the Pakistani politician said upon the official announcement of the election results.

Experts believe Imran Khan's emphasis on Iran-Pakistan ties in the future cabinet in Islamabad shows that he is seeking detente in relations with neighbors.

The remarks came amid the US President Donald Trump's new measures against Iran following his withdrawal from the nuclear deal in May. He has urged some countries in the region to accompany the White House in tightening the noose on Iran's economy.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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