K-pop group stands by decision to perform in Saudi Arabia

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2019

Khan, who was on an official visit to China, returned to Pakistan on Wednesday to finalize his future trips to Tehran and Riyadh, Mehr quoted Pakistani media as saying.

The goal of the visit was to mediate between the two countries, added the official.

Sources said that PM Khan will likely to be on a short visit to Saudi Arab. PM may also visit to Tehran after concluding Saudi visit, sources added.

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement had claimed responsibility for the assault on Saudi oil facilities, but Saudi Arabia rejected that claim.

A senior Saudi foreign ministry official last week dismissed as "not accurate" an Iranian government official's remarks that Riyadh had sent messages to Iran's president through the leaders of other countries.

Riyadh accuses Iran of arming the Houthis, a charge both reject, although Tehran says it advises the group's forces.

Over the past decade, Russian Federation has built considerable influence in the Middle East, largely on the back of cordial relations with all the region's major players, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel, Turkey and Egypt-this despite many of these regional powers being at odds with each other.

If the prime minister succeeds in brokering some kind of a deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia that would be seen as a huge diplomatic success for Islamabad.

Imran Khan said that US President Trump also asked him to help defuse tensions with Iran.

According to Pakistani news agencies, he will visit Iran after his travel to Saudi Arabia between 29 to 31 October. The date for Prime Minister's visit to Iran will be decided after consultation on his return from China.

South Korean pop group sensation BTS is not backing down from an upcoming concert in Saudi Arabia, despite facing criticism about performing in a country with a questionable human rights record.

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