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After months of silence, government finally stated in the Senate that Pakistan would pursue a balanced policy in its relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran.

 

What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.

 

The Iranian question continues to keep the geopolitical sands of the Persian Gulf and much of West Asia fluid and unstable.

 

Iran was sidelined in the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh this weekend. This is not the first time that the Muslim World under the influence of Saudi Arabia has cornered Iran, and the repercussions will be felt in Syria and Iraq. The country was also previously ignored while talks of a Muslim NATO were underway.

 

During the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump was particularly critical of Saudi Arabia. He attacked its treatment of gays and women and slammed the Washington establishment for taking “their money”.

 

Iran is a key player at the heart of the Middle East and West Asia. Apart from its obvious strategic importance, Iran is also a self-declared defender of the Shia cause around the Islamic world.

 

 

The resounding victory of President Hassan Rouhani, who had sought re-election on a platform of moderation and engagement with the outside world, is a strong endorsement by the Iranian people for political change.

 

In crucial elections in Iran, incumbent reformist President Hassan Rouhani has decisively won a second term in office with 57% of the total number of votes.

 

As Donald Trump heads off to Saudi Arabia this weekend, for his first official foreign adventure, he will be pretty sure that all eyes will be on him.

 

With Iranians going to the polls on Friday to elect a President, the odds appear to be in favour of the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani.

 


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