Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned against the risk of a conflict in the Middle East amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States, calling on all parties to exercise “maximum restraint” to prevent further escalation in an already volatile region.

Citing the premier, Khan’s office said in a statement late on Friday that he was concerned about the “rising tensions” in the Persian Gulf region, underscoring that “war was not a solution to any problem.”

“Further escalation in tensions in the already volatile region was not in anyone’s interest. All sides needed to exercise maximum restraint in the current situation.”

The Pakistani premier made the remarks following a two-day visit to Islamabad by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said he had held talks with Pakistani leaders, including PM Khan, on “how the two countries can counter the United State’s ambitions and bullying”.

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