PM Nawaz Sharif Leaves for Turkey, to Discuss Yemen Crisis

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif left for a one-day official visit to Ankara during which he is scheduled to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discuss the ongoing Saudi-Yemen crisis.

Nawaz Sharif

In his pre-departure statement, the prime minister said that Pakistan believed in a peaceful resolution of the crisis and wished to promote unity among Muslim countries. Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Secretary Foreign Affairs Aizaz Chaudhry are accompanying the premier. The visit was finalised during Sharif’s telephonic conversation with the Turkish president. 

Earlier this week, the government had decided to reach out to “the leadership of brotherly Muslim countries” in order to facilitate “early resolution of the crisis and promoting peace and unity in the Muslim Ummah”. “The prime minister and the president of Turkey will exchange views on the situation relating to Yemen. They will also discuss how the two countries can be helpful in addressing the issue,” the FO had earlier said.