Joint Session: (Pakistan and Turkey are in close contact to find amicable solution to Middle East crisis: PM)

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Turkey are in close contact with each other to find amicable solution to Middle East crisis.

Addressing the Joint Session of the Parliament here on Tuesday, he said the Turkish President held talks with Saudi Interior Minister and he is expected to hold a meeting with the Iranian President today (Tuesday).

The Prime Minister said the Turkish President is likely to take him into confidence on these talks and then, a future course of action will be decided. He said we will also contact the leadership of Indonesia and Malaysia on the matter.

He said Iran should review its policy about Yemen. He assured the Parliament that the government will formulate its policy on the Middle East crisis keeping in view sentiments of the elected representatives.

He said the government has concealed nothing from the Parliament. However, this is a sensitive issue and we should take utmost care. He said we have also held talks with the military and the Foreign Office is also playing a proactive role.

He categorically said that Pakistan will stand shoulder to shoulder with Saudi Arabia in case of any threat to its territorial integrity. Taking part in the debate, the leader of National Party, Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo said the government should pursue the course of diplomacy and dialogue for peaceful solution of Yemen crisis.

He said dynamics of politics are reshaping in the Middle East and Pakistan should adopt a sagacious approach for better relations with the entire Arab world and Iran.

Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq said that Pakistan, Turkey and Iran should play the role of mediator for peaceful solution of Saudi-Yemen conflict. He said the recent Middle East conflict is part of a conspiracy hatched by certain forces to divide the Arab world.

He said a parliamentary delegation comprising members from different sects should be formed and sent to different Islamic countries to find an amicable solution of Yemen crisis.

Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said the Parliament should take a decision on Yemeni issue in keep with our national interests. He said an in-camera session could be convened for more open discussion on the issue.

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