Turkey and Pakistan pledge all potential support to Saudi Arabia

2015-04-04 10:05:02 | Al Muslim News
Turkey and Pakistan pledge all potential support to Saudi Arabia

 

Pakistan is concerned by the overthrow of Yemen’s government and will stand by Saudi Arabia as it leads a campaign against Houthi rebels there, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday.
“We agreed that we will stand by Saudi Arabia in its hour of need ... [and] agreed to extend all possible support in the defence of Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,†the prime minister and his Turkish counterpart Ahmed Davutoglu told a joint press stake out following their meeting. “We are concerned at the overthrow of the legitimate government in Yemen by use of force by non-state actors,†he told the news conference in the Turkish capital Ankara, where he is on an official visit. The two leaders were critical of the use of force by non-state actors in Yemen that led to the overthrow of its government, hurriyet news reported.
Prime Minister Nawaz termed the situation in Yemen as grave’ and cautioned the crisis might endanger unity of the Muslim Ummah and said it also has implications for the whole region. He said the security situation in the country has been deteriorating.
He recalled his conversation with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a few days back in which they agreed to discuss the Yemen issue.
He referred to his talks with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and said both sides were of the view that “the current crisis in Yemen could plunge the region into turmoil.†He said Saudi Arabia was a close friend of Pakistan and Turkey.
He said “Pakistan and Turkey have close and brotherly relations with other Islamic countries in the region and attach great importance to their security and territorial integrity.†He said Pakistan would stay engaged with Saudi leadership and those of other Muslim countries in the region. He said exchange of such visits was essential for joint policies on international issues. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu in his remarks said both the countries hold unanimity of views on the crisis in Yemen. He said Turkey has always supported efforts for peace and tranquillity in Yemen.
Davutoglu refered to Turkey’s stated position with reference to situation in Yemen and said his country was in contact with both Saudi Arabia and Iran and called for an end to the sectarian strife in the region. He said both Pakistan and Turkey were willing to work for peace in the region and stressed for an end to the role of non-state actors.
He mentioned close bilateral ties between the two countries in all spheres and said they have stood together through thick and thin, as has been proven by history.
He said their talks covered bilateral ties and the situation in the region that was passing through a historical phase. The Turkish prime minister said both Pakistan and Turkey hold regular consultations with each other and have voiced their concern over the situation in the region. He said Turkish foreign minister would be visiting Pakistan next week to carry forward the process of consultations.
Prime Minister Nawaz said that the relations between Pakistan and Turkey were unique and unparalleled.
“The bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey are excellent and we wish to bring our economic ties to commensurate with our close relations,†said the prime minister during the working lunch here at the Presidential Palace hosted by the Turkish president.
Both the leaders agreed that Turkey and Pakistan enjoyed close relations with Saudi Arabia and it was in their interest to keep the region free from turmoil.
Earlier, the two leaders held one-on-one meeting and discussed bilateral matters and the regional situation.
Pakistan is a regional ally of Saudi Arabia. Pakistan also shares a long border with Iran, considered to be the centre of Shia power and Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival.
The Houthis and their allies seized a central district of the southern city of Aden on Thursday, the last major holdout of fighters loyal to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. They took over the capital Sanaa six months ago.

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