PESHAWAR, 12 June: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday left for Saudi Arabia to mediate among the Gulf countries and help end the diplomatic crisis surrounding the region.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar are also accompanying the premier in his daylong visit to the kingdom.

A statement issued by the Press Information Department said the prime minister was received by Makkah Governor Prince Fysal bin Abdul Aziz upon his arrival in the kingdom.

The Prime Minister will hold talks with the Saudi leadership on the latest situation developing amongst the GCC countries. Army Chief will hold meetings with the military leadership of Saudi Arab. The Prime Minister will suggest ways to mend differences with Qatar.

It merits a mention here that six Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5th, leveling allegations of supporting terrorism and militant organizations including the Islamic Brotherhood group.