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The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan urged for talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran during a joint news conference with the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Sunday as part of his official visit to the nation.
"The reason for this trip? We do not want a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran. We recognise that it's a complex issue, we recognise that. But we feel that this can be resolved through dialogue. But what should never happen, is war between Saudi Arabia and Iran because this will not just affect this whole region, our two brotherly countries will be affected. But this will cause poverty in the world," Khan said during the news conference.
Imran Khan also talked about his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, stating that he will act in the capacity as a "facilitator" and not a mediator.
"We would like to facilitate talks," he said.
"We do not want a conflict in this region. Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties in the last 15 years, in the war on terror. Afghanistan is still suffering, the people of Afghanistan. Syria-terrible devastation taking place there. So, we do not want another conflict in this part of the world," he added.
Rouhani commented on the recent alleged missile attack against an Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea as well as the situation in Yemen and US sanctions.