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PM chaired a high-level meeting on Yemen situation

17 April, 2015

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Yemen situation in Islamabad here on Thursday.

The meeting expressed satisfaction on the efforts being made by leadership, government and people of Pakistan to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Saudi brothers, and play a constructive role for a peaceful resolution of the crisis in Yemen.

The high-level meeting expressed the hope that the Yemen crisis will be solved peacefully.

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, who visited Saudi Arabia as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister along with a delegation briefed the meeting about the outcome of their discussions with the leadership of the Kingdom.

The objective of the visit was to express solidarity with the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia.

During the visit the delegation met with His Royal Highness, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Interior and His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.

The meeting was apprised that Shahbaz Sharif reiterated to the Saudi leaders unequivocal support of the government and people of Pakistan to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia while reaffirming that the people of Pakistan stand ever-ready to protect Harmain Al-Sharifain and the people of Saudi Arabia.

He said Pakistan has always stood by Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia with Pakistan. The meeting was informed that Saudi leaders reciprocated the warmth of relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and reaffirmed the special bond of friendship between the two countries.

The Saudi leadership also appreciated the statement of the Prime Minister of Pakistan amplifying the unanimously resolution of the parliament.

The delegation held detailed discussions with the Saudi leadership on the situation in Yemen and condemned the violent overthrow of the legitimate government of President Hadi by the Houthis.

The civil and military leadership was further informed that the delegation welcomed the adoption of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution of calling upon the Houthis to end use of violence that undermines political transition in Yemen, and calls upon them to withdraw their forces from all areas they have seized, including the capital Sana’a, and relinquish all arms seized from military and security institutions.

The delegation also expressed its concerns on the reports of foreign support to the Houthis, and noted with satisfaction that the UN resolution requires all member states to prevent supply of arms and equipment to Houthis and their allies.

During their briefing the delegation members said they affirmed to the Saudi leadership that the government of Pakistan would fully participate and contribute to the implementation of the UN resolution, and discuss the possibility of expanding Pakistan’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia in compatibility with the Security Council’s resolution.

The meeting was also attended by Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz; Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif; SAPM, Mr. Tariq Fatemi; Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Rashad Mahmood; Chief of the Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif; Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman; Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah; Chief of General Staff, Lt. General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmad and Foreign Secretary, Mr. Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry along with other senior officials.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif met Deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Thursday and discussed matters of mutual interest, increase in bilateral relations, measures for further promotion and improvement of relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in all sectors and situation of the region.

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