October 1, 2015
By: Zamir Laghari
Published in Pakistan


NEW YORK: Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday said Pakistan desired an immediate and peaceful resolution of the conflict to end sufferings of the Yemeni people.

“Addressing the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Yemen, convened in New York on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly, he said Yemen crisis had serious implications for regional peace and stability and was a cause of great concern for all OIC countries.

The meeting was chaired by OIC Secretary General and attended by representatives of the 18 member states, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia and Yemen.

The Adviser said Pakistan felt encouraged by the recent positive developments due to which President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi was able to return to Aden.

The humanitarian pauses observed by the Coalition facilitated access to the much-needed aid.

He said Pakistan’s policy on Yemen was guided by the principles of preserving the unity and territorial integrity of Yemen and observing relevant UNSC and OIC resolutions.

Aziz said Pakistan also believed in restoring the legitimate government of Mansour Hadi and seeking a lasting political settlement through inclusive dialogue.

Pakistan, he said, supported the efforts of UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to initiate the dialogue process.

The Adviser reaffirmed Pakistan’s unequivocal support for GCC’s efforts in assisting political transition in Yemen.

He appealed to all Yemeni parties to the conflict to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance so as to alleviate the sufferings of the innocent civilians caught in the conflict.

This was the first ever meeting of the Contact group since its establishment by the Extraordinary ICFM in Jeddah in June this year. – APP