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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu held talks at Ankara on Friday.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations as well as the situation in the Middle East with focus on the developments in Yemen.

The Prime Minister said the prevailing situation in Yemen can plunge the entire region into turmoil. He said Pakistan and Turkey are concerned over the overthrow of legitimate government in Yemen by use of force by non-state actors.

Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan and Turkey together call upon the warring factions in Yemen to resolve the differences peacefully.

He said both Pakistan and Turkey have close relations with Saudi Arabia and both have agreed to standby Riyadh in its hour of need. We have agreed to extend all possible support for the defence of Saudi Arabia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan and Turkey also maintain close and brotherly relations with other Islamic countries in the region and attach great importance to their security and territorial integrity. He said that Pakistan will stay engage with Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries in the region.

The Turkish Prime Minister on this occasion said Pakistan and Turkey shared views on Yemen crisis. He said Turkey has been maintaining contacts with Saudi Arabia on this issue. He said both Pakistan and Turkey are ready to play their role for bringing stability in the region.

Pakistani delegation at the talks included Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

Later, addressing a joint news conference, the two Prime Ministers said Pakistan and Turkey are determined to resolve the Yemen issue through peace talks.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is seriously concerned over the Yemen situation and all possible collective measures should be taken to address the crisis.

He said he has informed the Turkish counterpart about his visit to Saudi Arabia. He said Saudi Arabia is very close friend of Pakistan and we give great importance to the integrity and security of Saudi Arabia.


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