Prime Minister in waiting Imran Khan has told the Iranian envoy that Pakistan was ‘ready to play a constructive and positive role between Iran and Saudi Arabia’.
Saudi Arabia and Iran, arch-rivals since the 1979 Iranian revolution, are believed to have been supporting rival groups in Syria and Iraq.
Iran’s Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Saturday met PM-elect Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence and felicitated him on the PTI’s victory in the general elections.
“Iran will welcome Pakistan’s efforts and suggestions for regional peace,” the Iranian envoy told Khan.
Honardoost told Khan that Iran is willing to increase trade with Pakistan and is always ready to cooperate. He told the PM-in-waiting that the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project could change Pakistan’s fate.
Imran Khan said that improving Pakistan’s economy is his party’s top priority and he wants to improve trade ties with all neighbouring countries, including Iran.
The PTI chairman praised the Iran’s role in protecting its sovereignty and shared with the Iranian envoy his desire to visit historical sites in Iran.