Top Saudi official holds talks with USA state, defense secretaries

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Andrew Redington

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to visit Iran and Saudi Arabia later this month as part of Islamabad's efforts to defuse the increasing tensions in the Middle East, according to a media report.

Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister said on Thursday he discussed regional security and military cooperation with senior US government officials at a time of heightened tension with Iran following last month's attacks on Saudi oil facilities.

Prime Imran Khan's visit to Iran, if occurs, will be his first to Pakistan's eastern neighbor after assuming office in August previous year. Articles appear on for a limited time.

Saudi officials told Fox News recently that the Kingdom is absolutely committed to the quest for equality - but stressed the importance of steady advancements and said that while it is impossible to make changes overnight that many critics demand, change is taking place and will continue to happen.

Premier Imran is now on an official visit of China after he had arrived in Beijing on October 8. Saudi government has also invited Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in the upcoming event.

Iran also welcomes the offer from Yemen's Houthi movement for a truce, the president's chief of staff underlined, saying it would be a "positive stop" for Saudi Arabia to be looking to mend ties with Iran and settle the crisis in Yemen.

Pakistan and certain other countries have been trying to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

However, Tehran has strongly rebutted the charges.

Tensions have been brewing between Tehran and Riyadh since the missile attacks on Saudi oil facilities last month. Before departing to NY.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have also blamed Iran for attacks against six oil tankers in May and June, which Tehran also denied.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes program aired on September 29 that he preferred a peaceful resolution with Iran, describing it as "much better than the military" option.

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