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Pakistan will take every measure to resolve Gulf crisis: Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that Pakistan will do all it can to amicably resolve the Gulf crisis through diplomacy.

Speaking to the media during his trip to Kazakhstan, the premier stressed that Pakistan enjoys good relations with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar, and will try its best to resolve the differences between the Arab countries.

He also said that the Muslim World should play its role in ending the crisis.

The prime minister reached Kazakhstan on Thursday to attend the two-day meeting of the Heads of State Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Sharif, accompanied with his wife Kalsoom Nawaz, was received by the Kazakh deputy foreign minister.

The premier’s delegation also comprises Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz.

On Thursday, the prime minister will be holding bilateral meetings with the presidents of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Moreover, sources said he may also hold an unscheduled meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

On Friday, the premier is expected to hold meetings with the Mongolian and Russian presidents.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also attending the conference, as India too will be granted full membership of the SCO.

Sources said a chance meeting between Sharif and Modi is possible on the sidelines of the summit, during other officials events.

With the inclusion of Pakistan and India, the SCO will have a total of eight states as permanent members — after China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Other observer states and governments and international organisations are also part of the group.

The group will then represent nearly half of the world’s population after the inclusion of the subcontinental neighbours.

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