Pakistani PM to attempt to ease Saudi Arabia-Qatar rift

 12 Jun 2017 - 20:36

Pakistani PM to attempt to ease Saudi Arabia-Qatar rift
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif looks out the window of his plane after attending a ceremony to inaugurate the M9 motorway between Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan February 3, 2017. Picture taken February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Caren Firouz

By Aamir Latif | AA

KARACHI, Pakistan: Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Jeddah on Monday for a “consultation” with the Saudi leadership in order to stem a crisis that has seen several Arab countries severing ties with Qatar, officials and local media reported .

Accompanied by the country’s army chief, Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, and his foreign affairs adviser, Sartaj Aziz, Sharif, who enjoys equally good relations with the Saudi and Qatari leadership, will address the “emergent situation among the [Gulf Cooperation Council] GCC countries", state-run Radio Pakistan reported. 

The Pakistani premier will meet the Saudi King as part of his effort to stem the escalating diplomatic tensions between Qatar and the Saudi-led alliance, a senior Foreign Ministry official told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity as he was not allowed to speak to the media due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The official said Sharif has already consulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue.

Pakistan’s parliament last week passed a resolution urging the Pakistani government to help mediate the crisis, which could turn out to be disastrous for the regional security and stability. 

Turkey and Iran have promised Qatar food supplies and troops.

On the diplomatic front, the leadership of Saudi Arabia and Qatar have had close ties with Pakistani leaders.

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