ISLAMABAD: High-level meeting presided by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has concluded regarding the situation of Yemen here on Thursday evening. The meeting concluded that Yemen and Saudi are expected to resolve their issue as per resolution of Security Council.
The meeting was attended by the delegation which had recently returned from Saudi Arabia including Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, PM’s Advisor to Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Secretary, Aziz Chaudhry, COAS, Gen Raheel Sharif and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Rashid Mehmood.
Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, who visited Saudi Arabia on 15th April as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, along with Advisor to PM , Chief of General Staff and Foreign Secretary, 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 this visit the delegation met with His Royal Highness, Prince Muhammad bin Naif, Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Interior and His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.
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 UNSC resolution, and discussed the possibility of expanding Pakistan’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia in compatibility with the UNSC resolution, and pursuant to paragraphs 10 and 11 of parliament’s resolution of 10th April.
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 in accordance with the UNSC resolution, all Yemeni parties would resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation, and all parties would take steps to agree and implement a consensus based political solution to Yemen’s crisis in accordance with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative and its Implementation Mechanism and the outcomes of comprehensive National Dialogue conference.
The civil and military leadership was further informed that the delegation welcomed the adoption of UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution of 14th April, 2015 calling upon the Houthis to end the 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, including by inspecting all cargo going to Yemen, if the state concerned has information that the cargo contains the supply of arms prohibited under the UN resolution.