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PM, COAS Arrive Saudi Arabia to Help Resolve ME Crisis

Khalid Jamil

Islamabad (June 12, 2017): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived here in Saudi Arabia on Monday amid the Gulf turmoil.

According to the details, the Prime Minister arrived Saudi Arabia in a bid to deescalate tension between Saudi bloc and Qatar. He was received by Governor Makkah Prince Fysal bin Abdul Aziz.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar are also accompanying the Prime Minister.

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He is visiting Saudi Arabia for consultations with Saudi leadership on the emergent situation among GCC countries.

Before his departure, the Prime Minister held a consultative meeting with Pakistan ambassadors to Gulf countries.

During the meeting, the ongoing crisis in Middle East was discussed.  The Prime Minister apprised the ambassadors of Pakistan’s stance and strategy regarding the tension.

Pakistan Ambassadors to Saudi Arab, UAE and Qatar were present in the meeting who also informed the prime minister about their feedback.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold talks with the Saudi leadership on the latest situation developing amongst the GCC countries.

Pakistan is trying to deescalate tension among Gulf countries and have already offered it services for mediation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.Earlier on Sunday, Pakistan rejected as “fabricated and baseless” reports that it plans to deploy its troops in Qatar amid diplomatic tensions in the Middle East.

In a statement, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria rejected reports appearing in some foreign media regarding deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar.

He said these were “completely fabricated and baseless”.

Zakaria stressed that “these false reports appear to be part of a malicious campaign aimed at creating misunderstanding between Pakistan and brotherly Muslim countries in the Gulf.”

During a media talk on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Kazakhstan, Sharif had stressed that Pakistan enjoys good relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar, and will try its best to resolve the differences between the Arab countries.
Last week, Saudi Arabia, along with Egypt, Bahrain and UAE, cut off all ties with Qatar on its alleged support of extremism and terrorism, as well as ties with Iran.

The diplomatic and business boycott was later adopted by Yemen, one of the Libyan governments, Maldives and Mauritius.

Kuwait is attempting to play the role of a mediator and hopes to diplomatically resolve the crisis.

Qatar has denied the claims made by Saudi Arabia and the other states.

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