ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has hoped that the ongoing rift between the Gulf states will be settled soon in the best interest of Muslim Ummah.

During his day-long visit to Saudi Arabia, he held a meeting with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Jeddah and discussed the prevailing tension.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed the strong commitment of the people and Government of Pakistan to sovereignty of Saudi Arabia and safety of Harmain al Sharifain, Radio Pakistan reported

During the meeting, King Salman thanked the Prime Minister for his visit and hailed Pakistan’s achievements against extremism and terrorism.

He also pledged to continue support for Pakistan on all issues of interest, including matters of its national security.

The Prime Minister who was accompanied by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has now come back to Pakistan.

Envoy Moot

Before leaving for Saudi Arabia on Monday, the PM chaired a envoy conference to discuss the GCC-Arab crisis. The ambassadors concerned including from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar, Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi and other officials attended the meeting

The purpose of the meeting was to develop a stance on the issue after discussing with envoys regarding the ongoing situation.

After the meeting, the prime minister said that Pakistan has deep and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia, adding that Pakistan will make honest efforts to ease the ongoing rift between Islamic countries.