PAKISTAN PM OFFERS MEDIATION TO END YEMEN CONFLICT : PM OFFICE
Last Updated: 2018-11-08
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 (NNN-Xinhua) -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan offered mediation to end the conflict in Yemen, the prime minister's office said.

Khan was talking to Ambassador of Yemen Mohammed Motahar Alashabi, who paid a courtesy call on him Wednesday.

He said Pakistan will continue to support the restoration of the legitimate government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and would "play its role to bring all parties to conflict for a political settlement."

"The conflict in Yemen affects the regional peace and stability and no military solution can resolve it," an official statement quoted the prime minister as telling the Yemeni envoy.

Emphasizing that all parties must engage in dialogue, the prime minister called for opening channels of humanitarian assistance for the people suffering from famine in Yemen.

He also called for more concerted and coordinated efforts at the global level, to alleviate the sufferings of Yemeni people and ensure their safe return to their homes.

Khan assured the ambassador of unwavering support of Pakistan for an early resolution of the conflict, in light of UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which demands the Houthis to withdraw from all areas seized during the latest conflict, relinquish arms seized from military and security institutions, cease all actions falling exclusively within the authority of the legitimate government of Yemen and fully implement previous UN Security Council resolutions.

He wished for an early end of hostilities for lasting peace in Yemen, which was key to regional and global peace.

Earlier Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told the Senate that Khan has offered to play a mediatory role to resolve the Yemen conflict and his initiative has been welcomed by all the parties concerned.

He said Pakistan has not agreed to become part of any conflict in the Middle East. -- NNN-XINHUA