The New York Times has reported that Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman has called on Iraqi and Pakistani leaders to speak with Iranian authorities to resolve tensions between Iran and Riyadh.
In a report released Saturday, the New York Times cited positive steps Iran and Saudi Arabia have taken in the direction of indirect talks on de-escalation in the Middle East and informed Riyadh officials of their counterparts in Pakistan and Iraq. They have called for talks with the Iranian leadership on de-escalation.
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called on Iraqi and Pakistani leaders to mediate in the crisis following the September 14 drone strike on Saudi Aramco's oil facilities, the New York Times reported.
Both Saudi and US officials appear to have blamed Iran for the devastating attack, a charge Iran strongly denies.
In its report, the New York Times emphasized that the US president's refusal to engage in any kind of military confrontation with Iran "questioned the United States' commitment to securing Saudi Arabia." Indeed, the US failure to act "prompted Saudi Arabia to seek a resolution to the dispute."
At the same time, the Saudi government says the mediation was not at the request of Muhammad bin Salman, but at the suggestion of Baghdad and Islamabad.
Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani also said in an interview with the Qatari network last week that Iran's door to Saudi Arabia was open: "We support dialogue with Riyadh through dialogue because many "It will solve the security and political problems of the region."
In fact, the New York Times quoted Pakistani officials as requesting anonymity, saying that Mohammad bin Salman asked him to mediate during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last month.
A senior Pakistani official told the New York Times that the Saudi crown prince had told Imran Khan, "I want to stay out of the war." Afterwards, Imran Khan met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the seventy-fourth session of the UN General Assembly.
A senior Iraqi official also told the New York Times that during a visit by Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Jeddah on September 9, Mohammed bin Salman made a similar request.
The Iraqi official further added that Iraq has proposed the capital city of Baghdad as a possible meeting place for Iranian and Saudi officials.