WASHINGTON: A US State Department official has said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is one of the leaders in the world who appeared to be engaged in off-ramp diplomacy to ease the recent tensions between Iran and the United States.
During the briefing on the current US-Iran dispute, the official said, "The off-ramp has been here for 3 years and it is not only us and the Iranians who have been offering it."
The official said that "French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and Sultan of Oman have all approached the government in Iran from all parts of the world".
It is to be noted that after the assassination of Iranian military commander Qasim Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3, Pakistan insisted on avoiding further tensions with both the US and Iran.
Two days ago, Pakistan reaffirmed its resolve not to be a part of the conflict in the region and offered to play a role in the ongoing Middle East crisis.
Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the Iranian capital in October 2019, seeking an end to tensions in the Gulf of Arabia and to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
He also visited Saudi Arabia to discuss the matter further.
A Washington State Department official claimed that the world leader had failed to persuade the Iranian Supreme Leader to make better decisions, forcing the United States to take measures such as economic sanctions and the assassination of General Suleimani.
The US official alleged that "instead of focusing on diplomacy to resolve conflicts with the United States, Iranian leaders are dealing with a heinous and political crisis and the death of the head of the Quds Force."
Iran, on the other hand, rejected such claims as false, pointing out that US President Donald Trump had withdrawn from a peace deal signed by the US administration in the past.
Iranian leaders say they participated in all global efforts to find a negotiated solution, but the Trump administration has always been more interested in sanctions and military action.
Two days ago, Iran announced that it would no longer comply with sanctions on the nuclear program under an agreement signed with the United States and other world powers in 2015.
It is to be noted that China, Russia, Germany and the UK, besides the US, signed the agreement.