ISLAMABAD: Islamabad will “intensify” efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Yemen conflict, prime minister said Monday, after parliament voted to keep the country out of the Saudi-led coalition against anti-government rebels.
Nawaz Sharif said the restoration of Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi’s government, overthrown by Huthi rebels, would be an “important step forward towards establishing peace”.
Parliament on Friday unanimously voted to remain neutral in the Yemen conflict, rebuffing long-term ally Riyadh’s request for troops, war planes and ships.
“Pakistan will intensify its diplomatic efforts in the coming days, in consultation with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, to resolve the crisis,” Sharif said in a statement delivered to television cameras.
Sharif said Pakistan’s solidarity with Gulf states was not in doubt and the row was the result of “an apparent misinterpretation” of the resolution.