PM Imran leaves for KSA to attend OIC summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan left for Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit on Thursday to attend the 14th Summit of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which will be held in Makkah on May 31.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi who is already in Saudi Arabia prior to his departure stressed the importance of the OIC summit to discuss the proposed peace plan to defuse the situation in the Middle East.

Qatar’s prime minister will attend talks in Saudi Arabia over soaring regional tensions, the foreign ministry said Wednesday, one of the first high-level contacts following a two-year Riyadh-led boycott of Doha.

Since June 2017, Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates and their allies have enforced a boycott of Qatar including bans on shipping, trade, direct flights, overflight and land crossings.

The alliance, which also includes Bahrain and Egypt, accuses Doha of supporting extremist movements and backing Iran — claims Qatar rejects.

The Qatari “leadership decided to (send)… the Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser al-Thani to the three summits in Mecca,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Lolwah al-Khater said, referring to the gatherings of Gulf, Arab and Islamic leaders.

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