PM arrives in Jeddah to help resolve Gulf crisis

Published: June 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Monday on a one-day visit to help resolve the Gulf crisis.

Accompanied by army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz and other senior officials, he was received by Governor Makkah Prince Fysal bin Abdul Aziz.

Arab powers, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, took the unprecedented decision to cut off their air, sea and land links to Qatar on June 5, accusing Doha of sponsoring terrorism in the Middle East.

Qatar strongly rejects the allegations and says it is open to talks on ending the dispute, which also saw the three Gulf states order all Qataris out of their countries within 14 days.

PM expected to fly to Qatar, Kuwait to help resolve Gulf crisis

According to a statement, the PM is visiting the Kingdom “in context of the emergent situation among GCC countries”.

During his visit, the prime minister is expected to hold talks with the Saudi leadership on the latest situation developing among the GCC countries, according to Radio Pakistan.

The PM has said Pakistan will do all it can to amicably resolve the diplomatic crisis in the Arabian Gulf and is also expected to fly to Qatar and Kuwait in this connection.

The brewing crisis in the Gulf has put Pakistan in an awkward situation.

Islamabad enjoys close ties both with Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Besides strong political ties, Pakistan has close economic cooperation with Gulf countries that are home to millions of Pakistanis who significantly contribute to the country’s economy in the form of foreign remittances.

Pakistan rubbishes reports of troop deployment in Qatar

On Sunday,  Pakistan denied reports that it is deploying troops in Qatar. A statement issued by the Foreign Office termed the reports appearing in some foreign media outlets about the deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar as “completely fabricated and baseless”.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees 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.”


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Reader Comments (11)

  • Salman
    Jun 12, 2017 - 11:58AM

    Don’t get involved. There is no need…just keep relations with both countries. Ah but I forgot that nawaz has personal and business relationships with both countries. Maybe he should visit to secure them…Recommend

  • Salman
    Jun 12, 2017 - 12:00PM

    He should come back by night of the 14th. He needs a good nights sleep before important meeting on the 15thRecommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 12, 2017 - 1:03PM

    Why even bother ? Apart from having the former COAS hover about, KSA only cares what the US has to say, certainly not Pakistan.Recommend

  • Amol
    Jun 12, 2017 - 1:05PM

    He should help resolve Pakistan’s internal problems first :)Recommend

  • Umair
    Jun 12, 2017 - 2:15PM

    We just love playing the role of the international power broker. Our people are living in the gutters and are poorer than than the Arabs yet our prime minister jets off to Riyad. Why do all over leaders just cannot resist getting onto a jet plane and flying off to a summit. Nawaz sahib, you are barely competent at your job so please concentrate on increasing the welfare of your people.Recommend

  • Shahdab
    Jun 12, 2017 - 2:41PM

    Good. Now all the problems in the middle East will be resolved. Recommend

  • Nisar Muhammad
    Jun 12, 2017 - 2:51PM

    He wasn’t even allowed to speak last time, and made to sit in back benches. And we expect that they will listen to him and expect him to resolve issue…
    Actually he’s going to ask for help …. may be even requesting for asylumRecommend

  • Sodomite
    Jun 12, 2017 - 2:56PM

    He is in deep doo-doo at home and instead he is trying to solve others problems. He is our Donald in all sorts of waysRecommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 12, 2017 - 3:02PM

    Old story…….when you fail at home, you travel and claim you are fixing the problems of the world.Recommend

  • Mugammad Rehman
    Jun 12, 2017 - 3:24PM

    We are Proud of Mr Nawaz Shrif He is a Good Politician Recommend

  • Mugammad Rehman
    Jun 12, 2017 - 3:28PM

    we are Proud of Nawaz Sharif Recommend

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