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Pakistan summons Middle East envoys to discuss Syria

Updated May 03, 2014

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FO Spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam. – File Photo
FO Spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has summoned its envoys from key Middle Eastern countries to meet in Islamabad on May 4 for urgent consultations over situation in Syria in particular and Middle East in general.

“Yes envoys from Middle East would meet in Islamabad on Sunday, May 4 to discuss situation in the Middle East and current issues concerning the region and Pakistan,” Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam told Dawn.com on Saturday.

She said issues related to Pakistanis living in Middle East would also come under discussion.

Pakistan's envoys from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Egypt and Yemen have been invited, the spokeswoman said.

Consul General in Jeddah and Consul General in Dubai – the two biggest Pakistani consulates in the Middle East – have also been invited to attend the conference.

Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz would address the opening session while several other key ministers are also expected to speak to the moot.

Recommendation made in the conference would be incorporated in Pakistan’s foreign policy.

It may be mentioned that significant changes in Pakistan's foreign policy including its reported tilt towards Saudi Arabia and Bahrain came under fire in both house of the Parliament – Senate and National Assembly – after visits by Saudi dignitaries and the Bahraini King in the last six months.