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Pakistan says Trump instructes him to mediate with Iran

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump has instructed him to mediate with Iran to ease tensions and explore the possibility of a new deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.

“Trump has asked me whether we can contribute to calm the situation and maybe reach a new agreement” with Tehran on its nuclear and ballistic programs, Khan told reporters at the United Nations after meeting in separate meetings with US President and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

On his way to New York, he said, “I stopped in Saudi Arabia because of the attacks on its oil facilities.”

“I spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and he also asked me to talk to the Iranian president.”

“We are trying to do our best,” he said. “It’s something that is still going on, so I can’t say any more.”

Upon his arrival in the United States, Khan said, “I immediately spoke with President Rouhani yesterday (Monday) after I met President Trump.”

“I cannot say now, in this regard, more than we try and intervene” to ease the tension.

Pakistan has traditionally enjoyed strong ties with Saudi Arabia, but it also maintains close ties with Iran.

Islamabad is responsible for taking care of Iranian consular interests in the United States, in the absence of diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.

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