Islamabad, March 13, 2017 (PPI-OT): Mr. Abdulmalik Abdul Jalil Al Mekhlafi, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Yemen called on Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs on 13 March 2017. The Foreign Minister of Yemen is on a two day visit to Pakistan from 12-14 March 2017.
Welcoming the Foreign Minister, the Adviser underlined the close coordination Pakistan and Yemen have maintained at the bilateral and multilateral levels in various areas. He added that Pakistan has always supported the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Yemen and would continue to extend all possible assistance for restoration of complete peace and stability in the country.
Mr. Mekhlafi thanked the Adviser for Pakistan’s continued political support and economic assistance to Yemen. He also briefed the Adviser about the current situation in Yemen, the efforts by the Government of Yemen to pursue the path of peace and reconciliation rather than conflict, as well as the success achieved so far in subduing the threat posed by terrorist networks in the country. Issues related to serious humanitarian situation in Yemen, suffering from serious food shortages anywhere in the world, was also discussed. He also highlighted the efforts being undertaken by the Government to address the multiple security, political and economic challenges confronting Yemen.
The Adviser on Foreign Affairs appreciated the efforts of the internationally recognized Government of President Abd Rabu Mansour Al-Hadi towards restoration of peace, harmony and stability in the country. He also noted with satisfaction that these efforts had acquired control of over 80% territory of Yemen, hoping that with the international support situation in remaining parts of the country would also be brought under control. He added that the menace of terrorism posed common threat in the region and could only be defeated through coordinated efforts by all countries.
Bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Yemen in various areas was also reviewed. The Adviser particularly thanked the Government of Yemen for their assistance in recent release of seven Pakistani prisoners held in Yemeni jails. Progress concerning early release of 3 remaining Pakistani prisoners in Yemen and 12 Yemeni prisoners in Pakistan, who have completed their sentences, was also reviewed.
Both sides noted that over 300 Yemeni students studying in various Universities in Pakistan under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme provide a strong bond to further strengthen friendship between the two countries. The Adviser on Foreign Affairs added that Pakistan would be happy to continue this important programme and provide more facilities to new students in the coming years.
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