PESHAWAR, 22 April: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the Saudi-Yemen conflict.

During the visit, they will talk to the Saudi officials regarding the role of Pakistan to resolve the issue amicably.

The decision to visit Saudi Arabia was taken at a high-level meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday. Chaired by the prime minister, the meeting was attended the Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, army chief, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry.

The prime minister hailed the Saudi government’s decision to stop airstrikes on Yemen, hoping that it would help resolve the issue through dialogue. It will be pertinent to recall that the Saudi government announced halting airstrikes on Yemen last night.

Iran, on the other hand, has urged the international community to start relief work for those suffered by the conflict.

During the early days of the conflict, Riyadh had requested the Pakistani government to extend a helping hand in its attack on Yemen but Islamabad decided to remain neutral, triggering anger among some Arab leaders.


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