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Pakistan stays neutral in Yemen despite Saudi request

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Pakistan's Parliament issued a statement on Friday April 10 directing the government to remain neutral in the crisis in Yemen and assist the parties in reaching a peaceful solution.

Civilians are victims of Saudi bombardment of Yemen
(by Jamal Rahmati, Iranian daily Arman)

AFP reports that following a special meeting, the Pakistani Parliament found the conflict in Yemen to be the cause of further instability in the region.

Earlier, the Pakistani government had offered Saudi Arabia its assistance against Houthi advances in Yemen, saying it would join the coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia had called on Pakistan to contribute troops, a warship and aircraft to its coalition forces.

However, Pakistan's Parliament has announced that its country should take on the role of mediator in the conflict and not get involved in military action.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently visited Pakistan to discuss the situation in Yemen, calling on Pakistan to support dialogue instead of military action in the crisis.

Meanwhile, Saudi forces have been bombing Sanaa, Yemen's capital, all Friday morning. The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out military attacks on Yemen since March 26. Despite the attacks, Houthi and anti-President Hadi forces have continued their advances and have taken control of Ataq, an important commercial hub for Yemen.

Turkey reverses position on Yemen, seeks peaceful solution

The Turkish foreign minister announced on Friday April 10 that his country will cooperate with Iran and continue close consultation with Arab countries to solve the crisis in Yemen.

The Turkish daily Today's Zaman reports that Turkey has shifted policy from supporting the Saudi military attack on the advances of the Houthis and President Saleh's loyalists to favouring a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

"We agreed to cooperate with Iran to end the crisis [in Yemen]. Our contact with the Gulf States will also continue. Our objective here is to end the chaos in Yemen and bring peace and stability back to the country," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan travelled to Iran last week and met with the Iranian president and the Supreme Leader.

The two countries said they will collaborate on trying to bring a peaceful end to the conflict in Yemen while Saudi Arabia carries out aerial bombing of its southern neighbour.

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