Sharif to hold talks with Saudi leadership on Qatar fallout

Agencies/Islamabad
June 13, 2017 0 Comments INTERNATIONAL 274 Views
Sharif to hold talks with Saudi leadership on Qatar fallout

Amid ongoing Middle East Crisis, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Bajwa left for an official visit to Saudi Arabia today, reported Waqt News.
According to sources, the premier and Army Chief will meet Saudi rulers in an effort to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
While talking to the channel, the reporter stated that Nawaz Sharif will also visit Qatar to meet its top leadership after Saudi Arabia visit.
Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar are also accompanying the Prime Minister
Meanwhile, Prime Minister House spokesperson stated that this visit is in context of ongoing crisis in Middle East between Qatar and Gulf states.
An important meeting of Arab ambassadors chaired by Nawaz Sharif also held in Prime Minister House today. The envoys of Qatar and Gulf states were attending the meeting.
Talks about recent crisis in Middle East were discussed in the meeting, said sources.
In a rather surprising move, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on June 5th, accusing it of supporting terrorism, opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.
The coordinated move dramatically escalates a dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.
Announcing the closure of transport ties with Qatar, the three Gulf states gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries. Qatar was also expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
Economic disturbances loomed immediately, as Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airways said it would suspend all flights to and from Doha from Tuesday morning until further notice.
Oil giant Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing militant groups and broadcasting their ideology, in an apparent reference to Qatar’s influential state-owned satellite channel al Jazeera.
“(Qatar) embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State) and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly,” the Saudi state news agency SPA said.

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