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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz held a luncheon meeting in Riyadh on Thursday.

The two leaders discussed the Yemen situation.

Speaking in Radio Pakistan’s program Nuqta-e-Nazar , Senator Lt. General (Retd.) Abdul Qayum said: “Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have historic relations and both countries support each other in every hour of need. Saudi Arabia’s viewpoint about Houthis rebels is quite justified that these rebels are a serious threat to the sovereignty of Riyadh. Pakistan has successfully conveyed its stance to Saudi leadership that Pakistan is ready to extend military and technological support to the kingdom, but these things can be settled only by negotiations and talks. Saudi Arabia announced to stop airstrikes on Yemen and this step has also been welcomed by Iran too. I think the situation will now improve and this issue will be resolved through dialogue. Nawaz Sharif is a visionary leader and the whole world respects him. He can play an important role in the resolution of this dispute.”

Senior analyst Professor Dr. Riffat Hussain said: “Saudi Arabia has announced to stop airstrikes on Houthis tribes of Yemen. This decision will bring a positive change in the conflict. The newly appointed Vice President of Yemen also belongs to Houthis tribe which will have a positive impact on the resolution of this issue. This opportunity should be availed and the issue resolved through dialogue and negotiations. Pakistan wants to resolve this issue peacefully through talks and taking all Muslim countries onboard. The role of Pakistan is quite significant in the resolution of Yemen crisis.”

Senior analyst Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal said: “Saudi Arabia had announced to stop air strikes in Yemen but Houthis are still moving forward. As a result, Saudi led coalition resumed air strikes on Houthis positions to stop their advancement. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit will inform Saudi leadership that Pakistan will defend the territorial integrity of the kingdom. Saudi Arabia should follow the UN resolutions and resolve this issue through dialogue. Pakistan should not support the Houthis rebels against the legitimate government of Yemen.”

Expert, International Affairs Dr. A. Z. Hilali said: “Pakistan has been working to resolve Yemen crisis since the start of this issue. Parliament of Pakistan has approved a resolution on the Yemen situation which created rifts between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Pakistan wants to normalize its relations with Saudi Arabia by clarifying its position. Now, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with a high-level delegation is on the visit of Saudi Arabia. He will present the Pakistani stance on Yemen issue. Some forces want to portray Yemen crisis as a sectarian conflict but they have failed in their conspiracies.”

 


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