Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Iran do not consider each other enemies. "Both nations are against hostility and conflict," he said adding that, “There exist some misunderstandings and issues which needed to be resolved through bilateral consultation in a peaceful manner”.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Army Chief Raheel Sharif is in Tehran to diffuse tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Iranian Defence Minister said this visit of PM Nawaz Sharif is 'extremely important'. “We hope that his meeting with Iranian President will be fruitful,” he added.

Talking to the media after his meeting with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, PM Nawaz said that Pakistan has conveyed Saudi Arabia’s concerns to Iran, and will pass on Iran’s concerns to Saudi Arabia.

During the meeting with Iranian Defence Minister PM Nawaz said that Pakistan wants stability and peace in the region. “Cooperation among all regional actors will make this area stable,” PM Nawaz said. “Unity in Muslim world is the need of the hour,” he added. “Pakistan is ready to play its role in establishing stability in the region."

COAS Raheel Sharif, Tariq Fatemi and other senior leaders were also present when PM Nawaz Sharif met Rouhani in Tehran. According to sources both leaders discussed regional security. 

He, however avoided to disclose the concerns exhibited by the both countries by saying that he cannot speak about these concerns in the prevailing circumstances.

When asked whether Saudi Arabia and Iran have any intention to sit together, the PM said Pakistan has proposed to present itself as a host for such an interaction.

Nawaz Sharif said he is very satisfied with the trips undertaken to the two brotherly countries with the mission to defuse tensions.

“I felt encouraged to have taken a trip to Saudi Arabia yesterday,” he said, adding, his feeling is the same after meeting with the Iranian leadership.

He said Pakistan and Iran have agreed to appoint a focal person for taking the process of reconciliation forward while Saudi Arabia will also be asked to do the same.

The Premier said that Saudi Arabia on Monday appreciated Pakistan’s stance and role in the current Saudi-Iran standoff and ‘today Iran also welcomed our initiative’.

The Premier said Pakistan had brokered talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran in 1997 on the sidelines a summit of Organization of Islamic Council (OIC) and ‘we should take pride in playing a role of a mediator this time as well’. He said Pakistan took up the mission of defusing Saudi-Iran tension of its own accord.

“We are fighting a common enemy that is terrorism. Together we can fight and defeat this menace. It cannot be fought separately,” PM Nawaz said, adding the leaderships of Saudi Arabia and Iran are well aware of this need.

Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif left for Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum set to be held on January 20 to 23 in Davos.

During his stay in Switzerland, PM Sharif will be meeting with the US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State, John Kerry.

PM Nawaz Sharif along with COAS Raheel Sharif has been on an important two-legged visit to Saudi Arabia and Iran. Pakistan is trying to pacify the hostility between the two Muslim states. The Saudi-Iran clash flared up after Saudi government executed Shia cleric Al-Nimr earlier this month. As retaliation a mob attacked Saudi Embassy in Tehran and set it on fire. Following that Saudi Arabia and other Middle East states cancelled their diplomatic relations with Iran. Pakistan is vying to play the role of the mediator to diffuse tensions.