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Pakistan PM visits Riyadh and Tehran, Iranian media mocks

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Pakistani Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif arrived to Riyadh, where he will discuss the bilateral strategic relations between Riyadh and Islamabad. During the visit, he will meet with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz..

The meeting will handle the bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of strengthening them in various fields, in addition to the regional and international issues of common concern. With the entry of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the major powers into force, the world's attention turned from Tehran's controversial nuclear program to its regional policies, which are described by many as hostile.

The fires, which were set by so-called protesters in the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad, ignited concern in the Gulf countries from the fact that Iran crosses the red lines. The decisions to cut off diplomatic relations or reduce them, and stop the joint cooperation and trade exchange between the Gulf states and Iran were the results of these concerns.

This situation raised fears that a conflict would take place in a volatile region and it has also prompted some regional and global parties to try to mediate. These attempts come in a visit by the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his army commander Rahil Sharif on Monday to Riyadh, after which the two officials will head to Iran. Pakistani delegation will meet the Saudi Monarch King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, and then the

Iranian President Hassan Rohani, but Iran does not seem ready to respond to these diplomatic efforts. Saudi Arabia opened the door to efforts aiming at calming the situation with Iran. It asserted that it is only seeking an Iranian commitment to the international law, and the rules of good neighborliness. Iran did not welcome these efforts as news on the visit of the Pakistani Prime Minister and the commander of his armies was strongly mocked by the Iranian media means. Fars News Agency quoted a source in the Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying that the visit's date has not been set yet and that the whole issue is still under study.