Associated Press Service
December 3, 2016-
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Saturday said Iran is willing to mediate between Pakistan and India over the long standing issue of Kashmir, reported APS News.
“The bond we have with India and Pakistan is important to us, we hope for the best for both countries,” said Zarif.
“If Iran can be of any help to any of them, we stand ready. We are not volunteering, but we stand ready because these two neighbours are extremely important to us and we share common ideals,” said the Iranian foreign minister.
Iran has also offered its assistance in reducing the tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, added APS News.
Zarif added that Iran’s hopes ‘to move forward to a better relation between its very dear friends, India and Pakistan’.
The Iranian offer of mediation comes at a time when Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz is in India to attend the Heart of Asia ministerial conference.
Aziz is leading the Pakistani delegation to the meeting of the process that focuses on regional cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours to improve connectivity and tackle security threats.