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Pakistan has no plans to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Image of Nafees Zakaria, the spokesman for the Pakistani government on 18 May 2017 [Govt of Pakistan‏/Twitter]
Image of Nafees Zakaria, spokesman for the Pakistani government on 18 May 2017 [Govt of Pakistan‏/Twitter]

Pakistan has no immediate plans to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, a spokesman for the South Asian nation's foreign ministry said today.

The country "has no such plans," the spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, said, following today's surprise severing of ties with Qatar by Islamabad's key ally, Saudi Arabia, and four other Middle East nations.

At the moment there is nothing on Qatar issue, [we] will issue a statement if some development takes place,

Zakaria said.

Read: Severing ties with Qatar not a solution says Iran

Pakistan has in recent years been caught between the feud between its Sunni ally, Saudi Arabia, and Shia-majority neighbour Iran.

Earlier today Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Egypt announced that they had severed ties with Qatar claiming the Gulf state interferes in their internal affairs and supports Iran.

In response, Qatar said: "The campaign of incitement is based on lies that had reached the level of complete fabrications."

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