Schedule of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Iran, Saudi visit finalized
Schedule of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia for an attempt of mediation has been finalized.
According to details, PM Imran Khan will meet Saudi crown prince and Iranian president during his visits.
As per the schedule, Prime Minister will leave for Iran for one day visit on October 13, where he will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader.
Premier will return back to the homeland on Monday morning and will lead a federal cabinet meeting.
On Tuesday, PM Imran Khan will meet Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton in Islamabad and will fly to Saudi Arabia for one day visit.
Premiere will make efforts to defuse brewing tensions in the Middle East by urging the Saudi leadership to visit Iran.
Pakistan has been trying to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Imran himself acknowledged the mediation efforts when he visited New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly session.
Both Saudi Arabia and the United States blamed Iran for the drone strikes. However, the charge was strongly rebutted by Iran.
The attacks were “unquestionably” sponsored by Iran but investigations are still underway to pinpoint the exact launch location, defense ministry spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said at a news conference in Riyadh.
However he said that the strikes came from the north and definitely not come from Yemen, where Houthi militants claimed they had been launched from.
He said a total of 25 drones and missiles were launched at Khurais oil field and Abqaiq processing plant.
They included Iranian Delta Wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and “Ya Ali” cruise missiles. The same missiles have been used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, he said.
“The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,” he told a news conference. “The evidence… that you have seen in front of you, makes this undeniable.”