FO (Aziz attends meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Yemen)

New York: Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz represented Pakistan in the meeting the OIC Contact Group on Yemen convened here Thursday on the sidelines of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting was chaired by OIC Secretary General and attended by representatives of the 18 member states, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia and Yemen, says a press release received here today from New York.

Speaking at the meeting, the Adviser underlined that Yemen crisis had serious implications for regional peace and stability and was a cause of great concern for all OIC countries.

Pakistan desired an immediate and peaceful resolution of the conflict to end sufferings of the Yemeni people and to save the country from further destruction. Pakistan felt encouraged by the recent positive developments as a result of which President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi was able to return to Aden.

The humanitarian pauses observed by the Coalition facilitated access to the much-needed aid. Pakistan’s policy on Yemen was guided by the principles of preserving the unity and territorial integrity of Yemen, observing relevant UNSC and OIC resolutions including the arms embargo, restoring the legitimate government of Mansour Hadi and seeking a lasting political settlement through inclusive dialogue. Pakistan supported the efforts of UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to initiate the dialogue process.

The Adviser reaffirmed Pakistan’s unequivocal support for GCC’s efforts in assisting political transition in Yemen. He appealed to all Yemeni parties to the conflict to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance so as to alleviate the sufferings of the innocent civilians caught in the conflict.

This was the first ever meeting of the Contact group since its establishment by the Extraordinary ICFM in Jeddah in June this year.