Qatar seeks Pakistan’s help in diffusing Gulf diplomatic crisis

  • PM Nawaz assures Qatari Foreign Minister Al-Thani of ‘finding a solution’

ISLAMABAD – Qatar has urged Pakistan to play a part in diffusing the growing Gulf diplomatic crisis which started after major Arab countries cut all ties with the tiny LNG-rich nation.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrehman Al-Thani called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday in Pakistan’s capital city to discuss matters pertaining to the region.

The Gulf diplomatic crisis came under discussion, with the Qatari side urging Pakistan to play a part in diffusing the tense situation.

PM Nawaz, who is close to House of Saud which rules the Kingdom of Saudi Arabai, assured the guest that Pakistan would play its part in diffusing the crisis and finding a solution.

“We want a peaceful resolution of the crisis between the two nations,” the PM added.

Al Thani’s visit comes weeks after Middle Eastern countries, i.e. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties last month with the country, accusing it of ‘supporting terrorism’.

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While Pakistan has remained neutral in the conflict so far, Saudi Arabia had demanded the officials to take a clear position on Qatar.