Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Tehran on Sunday to hold talks with senior Iranian leadership including President Hassan Rouhani and the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
The two leaders held a joint press conference where they emphasized the need for peace in the region.
Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the historic ties between both nations and their tradition of close cooperation.
"I told Prime Minister Imran Khan we welcome any gesture by Pakistan for peace in the region and appreciate his visit to our country," Dawn News reported Rouhani as saying.
"Regional issues have to be resolved through regional means and dialogue. We also emphasized that any goodwill gesture will be responded with a goodwill gesture and good words," said the Iranian president.
"Mr President, the main reason I came here with my delegation is that we don't want conflict in the region. Pakistan suffered 70,000 casualties in the last 15 years in the 'war on terror,' Afghanistan is still suffering, (there is) terrible devastation in Syria — we don't want another conflict in this part of the world," said Imran Khan.
Imran Khan also reiterated his commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations in diverse areas, with a particular focus on enhanced trade and economic cooperation. Close cooperative ties with Iran have always been a priority for Pakistan, the Prime Minister stressed.
In the regional context, Imran Khan underlined that the current situation in the Gulf requires avoidance of military conflict and constructive engagement of all parties.
He also conveyed Pakistan's readiness to fully facilitate efforts for de-escalation and the resolution of differences and disputes through political and diplomatic means.
"Mr President, we have Iran as a neighbor, our ties with Iran go way back. Saudi Arabia has been one of our closest friends. Saudi Arabia has helped us ... when we have been in need and so the reason for this trip was that we don't want a conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran,” said Imran Khan.
"We recognize that it is a complex issue but we feel that it can be resolved through dialogue. What should never happen is a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran because this will not just affect this whole region — two brotherly countries will be affected — this will cause poverty in the world. Oil prices will go up,” Imran Khan added.