Yemen's Crisis brings Egypt's Commander in Chief to Pakistan

Written by  Published by:Pakistan Views Tuesday, 07 April 2015 20:31

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif at the General Headquarters (GHQ) met Defence Minister and Commander-in-Chief of Egypt’s Armed Forces, General Sedki Sobhi Sayed on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Yemen, according to an ISPR statement.

General Sobhi also visited Joint Staff Headquarters at Chaklala to call on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood.

The meetings were held to discuss areas of mutual cooperation between the armed forces of both countries.

During General Sobhi’s meeting with General Raheel Sharif, “matters of mutual interest, regional security and military-to-military bilateral relations were discussed,” a statement from ISPR said.

General Sobhi will also meet Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif to apprise him about Egypt’s stance on the Yemen conflict.

After Saudi Arabia's decision to launch air strikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Egypt hosted an Arab summit on March 29, where the formation of a unified military force to counter growing security threats from Yemen to Libya was announced— an idea floated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Egypt is an important Saudi ally, and was named as one of ten countries wanting to commit resources to the Saudi-led Yemen offensive, according to Saudi media.

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