Pakistan urges Riyadh, Tehran to re-engage

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday urged Saudi Arabia and Iran to open their channels of communication to defuse tensions, as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif kicked off diplomatic efforts to mediate between the two key Muslim countries.

In the first leg of their crucial trip to Saudi Arabia and Iran, Premier Nawaz and Gen Raheel held talks in Riyadh with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to discuss options and proposals to prevent further deterioration in ties between the two countries.