Islamabad June 12 (TNS): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief Qamar Bajwa are leaving for Riyadh today on a one-day visit to help resolve the ongoing diplomatic row between Qatar and the Gulf States including Saudi Arabia.
During the trip, both the dignitaries will hold discussions with senior officials of the Kingdom to help narrow down the ongoing crisis involving Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE.
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and other officials will also accompany the premier and the army chief.
Before leaving for Saudi Arabia, PM Nawaz chaired a conference also attended by Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi as well as envoys to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
Last week, Saudi Arabia along with the other Gulf States severed its diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing the tiny Middle Eastern state of supporting terrorists and maintaining ties with Iran. Qatar has denied the claims made by Saudi Arabia and the other states.
Kuwait is already attempting to play a role of a mediator to diplomatically resolve the crisis.