PM Nawaz, Saudi king hold talks on GCC diplomatic crisis


Jeddah, June 12 (TNS): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz at Jeddah on Monday evening, state media reported.

Nawaz Sharif and his delegation was received by King Slaman bin Abdul Aziz at Royal Palace at Jeddah.

Sources said that the delegation held talks with Saudi leadership centered on deteriorating relations between Gulf nations after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

King Slaman bin Abdul Aziz also hosted Iftar Dinner in honor of the visiting delegation.

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

He is accompanied by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior officials.

The Prime Minister and his delegation was received by Governor Makkah Prince Fysal bin Abdul Aziz at airport.

In its initial response to the Middle East crisis, Pakistan had stressed the need for unity in the Muslim world and urged the countries involved to engage in dialogue.

Last week, lawmakers at the National Assembly expressed “deep concern” over the diplomatic rift and passed a resolution urging all countries to “show restraint and resolve their differences through dialogue”.

Earlier, a six-member Qatari delegation had reportedly visited Islamabad last week to relay a message from the Qatari emir, asking Pakistan to play a positive role in resolving the diplomatic crisis engulfing the Middle East.

The Foreign Office had denied knowledge of any such visit and has also recently denied foreign media reports of 20,000 Pakistani troops being deployed in Qatar.