Iran's FM meets Nawaz with an Offer

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Thursday, 09 April 2015 19:57

ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in PM House at Islamabad amid Yemens' crisis in the middle east, with Pakistan's decision pending to join Saud-led coalition.

Iran wishes Pakistan and Turkey to convince Saudi Arabia to cease air strikes on Yemen, Pakistan countered by asking Iran to stop its aid for Houthi's against the legitimate Hadi's regime, sources revealed.

Sources said that Turkey has also asked Iran to use its influence in Yemen to play a role in reducing the conflict.

The sources added that Iran has put forth options of five-month ceasefire or a ceasefire of Saudi air strikes in Yemen,  alleging that Iran wishes to reorganise Houthis who stand severely hurt in the advent of Saudi strikes.” 

Sources pointed out that the Saudi's have demanded ousted president Hadi' to be re-instated in Yemen prior any talks. 

Pakistan stance currently remains not to send troops in Yemen with wishes to build a conciliator group of Islamic countries to bring about peace in Yemen vide convincing both Saudia and Iran, according to sources.

It was brought forward that Iran might lull Pakistan with the project of "Gas Pipeline" to stay away from Saudi-led coalition. 

With Iran-US nuclear deal in progression there's high likelihood of the pipeline to transpire.

Later on, the Iranian foreign minister also met with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.

A statement issued by the ISPR on the meeting between Zarif and Sharif emphasized border difficulties and possible defense cooperation.

“Focus of the discussion remained on regional security including the evolving situation in the Middle East, Pak-Iran border management and defense and security cooperation between both the countries,” it said.

“The unity and integrity of Muslim Ummah (community) and greater harmony amongst the Muslims was emphasized.”

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