ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday said it would continue to extend all possible assistance for the restoration of peace and stability in Yemen while voicing support for the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the war-ravaged country.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz gave the assurance to Yemen Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Abdul Jalil Al Mekhafi, who is currently visiting Pakistan and called on Aziz on Monday. According to the Foreign Office, Aziz underlined the close coordination Pakistan and Yemen have maintained at the bilateral and multilateral levels in various areas.
Mekhlafi thanked the adviser for Pakistan’s continued political support and economic assistance to his country. He also briefed Aziz about the current situation in Yemen.
Yemen’s conflict escalated in March 2015 when the Saudi-led coalition began air strikes to help forces loyal to Hadi to take large parts of the country back from the rebels.
More than 7,400 people have been killed and nearly 40,000 injured in two years of fighting in Yemen, according to the World Health Organisation. UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen James McGoldrick in January said more than 10,000 civilians had been killed since 2015.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2017.