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South Asia pushes Gulf nations to resolve Qatar crisis

India, Pakistan, others have millions of migrant workers in region

Qatar Airways continued operations Monday from the airport in Dhaka, but local recruiting agencies in Bangladesh are concerned about the status of their workers in the Persian Gulf nation. (Photo by Yuji Kuronuma)

NEW DELHI -- South Asian countries are demanding a quick resolution to the deepening crisis in Qatar, concerned about their migrant workers in the gas-rich Persian Gulf nation after Saudi Arabia and its allies cut diplomatic and economic ties last week.

India's foreign ministry said Saturday that "all parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations." The statement came several days after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt and the Maldives broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar.

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