Pakistan welcomes thaw in Saudi-Qatar ties

By: News Desk      Published: 04:28 PM, 5 Jan, 2021
Pakistan welcomes thaw in Saudi-Qatar ties

Pakistan on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the State of Qatar to reopen the land, air and sea borders between the two countries.

“We also appreciate other steps being taken by the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which will contribute to resolution of outstanding issues between the countries of the organization persisting for almost four years,” a Foreign Office spokesperson said.

Pakistan lauded the positive role played by the Emir of Kuwait towards the resolution of the differences between the countries of the GCC. “His persistent and sincere efforts, and cooperation of the GCC countries, led to this important and amicable outcome,” MOFA Spokesperson said.

He said, “We hope that the GCC Summit, being held today in A1-Ula, will further build on these encouraging developments and lead to enhanced confidence and cooperation among the countries of the organization.”

“Pakistan continues to accord high importance to its relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as its bilateral relations with all GCC countries,” the Foreign Office said.

GCC Summit 

Gulf leaders are meeting in Saudi Arabia for their annual summit on Tuesday amid a breakthrough in the long-running dispute between a Saudi-led bloc and Qatar, Aljazeera.com reported.

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced the reopening of land borders with Qatar after a three and a half-year spat that saw the kingdom, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties and impose a land, sea and air blockade on the Gulf state.

Qatar’s ruler was warmly greeted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on arrival in the kingdom for Tuesday’s GCC summit.

Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s Airbus A340, emblazoned with the word “QATAR” in the emirate’s signature burgundy, landed in Al-Ula, northwestern Saudi Arabia, shortly after 0900 GMT, Saudi state television showed.