PM Nawaz Sharif did not visit Saudi Arabia for mediation purpose: Saudi Ambassador

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PM Nawaz Sharif did not visit Saudi Arabia for mediation purpose: Saudi Ambassador

ISLAMABAD – Saudi Arabia acting Ambassador to Pakistan Marwan bin Radwan has put Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in an ackward position with his latest revelations that Nawaz Sharif did not go to Saudi Arabia visit for the mediation purpose.

Acting Saudi ambassador to Pakistan Marwan bin Radwan Mirdad has clarified that Pakistan was not mediating between Saudi Arabia and Qatar over their diplomatic row.

Talking to newsmen at the Saudi embassy here on Thur­s­day, the Saudi charge d’affaires said Pakistani “prime minister did not say he was mediating”.

The ambassador rejected media reports about the Pakistani mediation efforts to help calm down the diplomatic tension currently prevailing in Middle East.

“Whatsoever is in the media is not correct,” he said.

Marwan said Mr Sharif, while travelling to Saudi Arabia, did not indicate the purpose of his visit however added that as leadership of both countries was currently in Makkah, the issue could be discussed in some future meeting.

The acting envoy separately disclosed  that Kuwait and Sudan were making reconciliation efforts.

It is relevant to mention that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to Jeddah last week on a daylong hectic trip along with Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

The PM’s Office had, in a statement before Mr Sharif’s departure on the mediation mission, said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would visit Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in context of the emergent situation among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

However, the latest claim by acting envoy apparently contradicts the statement issued by PM House putting the prime minister in an uncomfortable position.