ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday agreed to find a peaceful solution to Yemen crisis and facilitate the people of Yemen to solve their issues through political and diplomatic dialogue process.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived here today to discuss the regional situation and Yemen issue held detailed discussion with Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
Addressing a joint press conference with Sartaj Aziz, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Pakistan and Iran should cooperate to solve the crisis in Yemen.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said, “We need to work together to find a political solution to the Yemen crisis.” He also called for immediate ceasefire and stop the air attack on Yemen by any country and allow the Yemenis to decide about their future through dialogue adding that people of Yemen should not have to face aerial bombardment.
Highlighting the priorities of Iran to resolve the Yemeni crisis, Javed Zarif said Iran wants immediate ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, intra-Yemeni dialogue and a broad-based government.
He said Iran is willing to help realize this objective if asked and urged all the Muslim countries to extend their facilitation in this regard.
Sartaj Aziz addressing the joint press conference said both the leaders also agreed on the need for serious efforts to promote greater unity in the Muslim Ummah.
Welcoming the Framework Agreement signed recently between Iran and P5 plus one, he said it a welcome development and a comprehensive agreement which will later helpful and assist in expanding economic and trade relations between Pakistan and Iran.
The Advisor said both the countries also agreed that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan is vital for regional peace and stability.
“We will continue to support the reconciliation process, which is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned,” said Sartaj Aziz.
Aziz said both the leaders also agreed to join hands for fighting terrorism and extremism and enhanced cooperation in this regard.
Sartaj Aziz while responding to a question about the expected outcome of the joint session of the parliament on the Yemen issue said the broad consensus in the Parliament is that Pakistan’s involvement in internal civil war situation will not be advisable.
He said majority of the parliamentarians were of the view that Pakistan should not participate in any offensive action in Yemen.
He said the parliamentarians were of the view that Pakistan should try to mediate, influence and facilitate some kind of peaceful dialogue.
Sartaj Aziz said the members of the Parliament also expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia and its concern about instability in the neighbourhood. He said there is a strong commitment to protect and defend, if necessary, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia.
The Advisor said as stated by the Prime Minister, the Government would fully respect in letter and spirit outcome and recommendations of the Parliament on Yemeni situation.
Referring to international efforts to resolve Yemeni crisis, the Advisor said Russia and Jordan have presented resolutions at the UN on Yemeni crisis.
Regarding Jordanian resolution, he said it called for embargo on arms supplies, condemnation of efforts for removal of legitimate Government of Yemen through force and some kind of disarmament with the help of United Nations representation.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said during the talks with Sartaj Aziz it was also agreed that all stakeholders have to show greater flexibility for ending bloodshed and preparing grounds for serious negotiations to resolve the crisis.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said the issue of border security was also discussed in the meeting with particular reference to the recent incident that resulted in killing of eight security personnel of Iran.
He said maintenance of tranquility on border is of strategic interest for both the countries and he agreed with Sartaj Aziz to strengthen institutional mechanism for border management and curb cross-border activities.
Replying to a question, the Iranian Foreign Minister said there were a lot of opportunities for Pakistan and Iran to expand their relations in different spheres.
He said trade volume is not as it should be and there is a need to increase it significantly with mutual cooperation and interaction.
Referring to the challenges of terrorism, extremism and violence, the Iranian Foreign Minister said both the countries were facing those common challenges.
He said Pakistan and Iran would work together for greater unity in the Islamic world.
The Iranian Foreign Minister said: “We will also work together to avoid the kind of incident in which eight Iranian guards were killed a day before yesterday in Sistan, Balochistan.”