Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is due to arrive in Islamabad Today as part of Tehran’s efforts to garner Pakistan’s support amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.
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His meetings will primarily focus on the on-going regional turmoil in the Gulf and on bi-lateral issues especially pertinent to security between the two border sharing states. It is expected that Mr Zarif would also present the Pakistani leadership with the Iranian perspective on the on-going conflict in the region.
FM Zarif’s visit to Pakistan comes days before the emergency summit of the Gulf and Arab states, called on by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on May 30 in Mecca to discuss the repercussions of the attacks on Saudi oil assets carried out by Houthi rebels, allegedly backed by Iran.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has also summoned the members of the Arab league for a two-day summit in Mecca, starting May 30th to May 31st. In the recent weeks, the US deployed B-52 bombers and an aircraft carrier attack-group to the Gulf, as a result of alleged intimidation from Iran.
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