Pakistan’s Foreign minister departs on visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia following escalating US-Iran tensions

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Following the escalation of tensions between the United States and Iran, Parkistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Yesterday departed for a visit to Iran and Saudi Arabia. The foreign minister is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and other senior officials of the foreign ministry. Qureshi’s trip comes after Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday instructed him to visit Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States and meet with respective foreign ministers, and the US secretary of state in light of the situation in the region. On Wednesday, the United States and Iran came to the brink of war after Iran launched missile attacks on US-led forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US drone strike on Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.

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