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Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry asks government to play role for resolving standoff between Qatar and Gulf countries

Islamabad, June 12, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called upon the Government of Pakistan to play mediatory role to end the current standoff between Qatar and Gulf countries as the whole Muslim Umma was disturbed over the brewing tensions in the Gulf region involving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Pakistan has good clout with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other gulf countries and it should play positive role to end the current standoff between Qatar and other gulf countries through dialogue. He said millions of Pakistanis were working in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and other gulf countries, but due to drop in oil market, gulf countries were already facing macro-economic instability. He was afraid that if the current tense situation continued, it would further weaken the economies of these countries and more people would lose jobs in the gulf market.

He said Pakistan should approach the Gulf countries with the request to show restraint and resolve their differences through negotiations. He stressed it was high time that Government of Pakistan should take concrete steps towards forging unity amongst the Muslim Ummah. He was hopeful that if sincere efforts were made by Pakistan and other Muslim countries, they would help in resolving the diplomatic crisis engulfing the Middle East in a peaceful manner and without causing much damage to their economies.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +9251 225 2950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk

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