Turkey and Pakistan to Support Saudi Arabia for Yemen's Resolve
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his visit to Turkey said Pakistan and Turkey have pledged support for Saudi Arabia’s actions viz-a-viz called on “all Yemeni groups” for a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis on Friday.
In a joint press conference joint press conference with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Nawaz said that the countries have agreed to lend “all potential support” to Saudi Arabia in order to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yemen bringing a resolve to the crisis in Yemen.
For his part, Davutoğlu underlined that Turkey’s position on Yemen is to support all “steps taken for the constitutional reconstruction” of the country.
He noted that Pakistan and Turkey draw a common understanding at a time when the region is passing through an “historical transformation and is facing enormous risks.”
Violence in Yemen has killed an estimated 519 people over the past two weeks, 90 of them children, while tens of thousands of people are fleeing their homes, the U.N.’s humanitarian chief said on April 2, amid the rapid escalation of the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest nation.
Al-Qaeda militants traveling in convoys flying black banners captured a major port city in southern Yemen on April 2, seizing government buildings and freeing inmates from a prison, including a top Saudi-born leader, security officials said, The Associated Press reported.
The fall of Mukalla - the capital of Yemen’s largest province, Hadramawt - highlighted how al-Qaeda is expanding its foothold in Yemen, taking advantage of the turmoil as a Saudi-led coalition backing the country’s beleaguered president tries to fend off a takeover by Shiite rebels.
Yemeni Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central Aden district on April 2, striking a heavy blow against the Saudi-led coalition that has waged a week of air strikes to try to stem advances by the Houthis.
Hours after the Houthis took over Aden’s central Crater neighborhood, they marked another symbolic victory by fighting their way into a presidential residence overlooking the neighborhood, residents said.
The southern city has been the last major holdout of fighters loyal to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who fled Aden a week ago and has watched from Riyadh as the vestiges of his authority have crumbled.
The Houthis, who took over the capital Sanaa six months ago in alliance with supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, turned on Aden last month.
A diplomat in Riyadh said the city had come to symbolize Hadi’s fading authority, meaning that Saudi Arabia could not afford to allow it to fall completely under Houthi control.
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