Pakistan PM heads to Saudi, Iran in bid to mend rift

January 16, 2016 9:30 AM

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Riyadh and Tehran in a bid to mend ties between the archrivals after the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric led to mob attacks on the kingdom's diplomatic posts in Iran.

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said Saturday that Sharif would depart Monday for Riyadh, where he will meet with King Salman. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are longtime allies.

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