People in Pakistan and abroad await the outcome of the initiative taken by Nawaz Sharif to bring the two rivals to the negotiating table.

Nawaz Sharif will lead a high-level delegation to Saudi Arabia and Iran on January 18-19 to exchange views on regional and international issues, a foreign office statement said yesterday.

The statement did not mention if Nawaz Sharif would fly directly from Riyadh to Tehran or make separate visits to the two countries. With Raheel Sharif in the delegation, the visit has assumed added importance and it is hoped that Pakistan would make a serious attempt to defuse tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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