Manama: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has denied the existence of any Pakistani mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported on Sunday.
The minister told the media on the sideline of the first ministerial session of Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum that some countries had offered to mediate and communicate ideas between Riyadh and Tehran, stressing that Iran knows what is required from them and that there will not be mediation unless Iran responds positively.
Reports last week said that Pakistan had offered to mediate between the two countries and end a tense situation sparked by the attacks on the Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad.
According to a statement carried by Arab News, Al-Jubeir said: “A lot of countries have offered mediation and delivered ideas between Saudi and Iran, but there is no need for this because the Kingdom is aware of its rights and Iran knows what has to be done”.
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran deteriorated sharply when Iranians attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran and its consulate in Mashhad on January 3, in a protest against Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr Al-Nimr on January 2, who was convicted of terrorism.
Regarding US stance towards Operation Decisive Storm, Al-Jubair said that Washington had undertaken a supportive role and that it will continue to support the efforts of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in defending legitimacy in Yemen.