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Nawaz Sharif meets Saudi King amid Gulf crisis

Nawaz Sharif meets Saudi King amid Gulf crisis

This would not be unusual, as militant factions in Iranian Balochistan, like Jundallah, are often Islamist factions, and have been known to solicit foreign backing.

Meanwhile, Qatar has supported Kuwait's efforts to mediate between Doha and Arab states.

The clarification came after remarks by Qatar Airways' CEO Akbar Al Baker that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain were violating worldwide law by shutting out Qatari flights, it stated.

Later on Tuesday, the UAE ambassador to the United States, which has an air base in Qatar, said there was no military component to the steps taken against Doha.

"Qatar has been an impartial diplomatic mediator in resolving crises and disputes between brotherly and friendly countries and will continue to be a major player in the worldwide community", the ministry said in a statement.

He said Qatar wants to resolve the issue through dialogue.

The support was declared by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani while talking to newsmen in Paris after meeting his French counterpart.

INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Erdogan would discuss the Gulf rift in a telephone call with U.S. President Donald Trump in coming days, but gave no specific time.

Qatar's move comes amid a diplomatic dispute between it and other Arab nations over allegations that it funds extremist groups.

When asked what, if any, further steps would be taken against Qatar, the UAE's Otaiba said: "We've designated 59 people and 12 entities; it's likely that you could see designations of their bank accounts, and perhaps of the banks themselves".

Mr Sharif started his journey back home late on Monday night.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain welcomed Trump's demand for Qatar to stop supporting terrorism. Oman has stayed out of the conflict.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed the hope that the current impasse in the Gulf countries will be resolved soon in the best interest of Muslim Ummah.

It says Sharif's visit reaffirmed Pakistan's strong commitment for Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and quotes King Salman as saying the joint fight against terrorism is in the interest of all Muslims countries.

Saudi Arabia and its allies severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar earlier this month, after accusing it of supporting terrorist groups, a charge denied by Doha.

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