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Sharif: Pakistan Stands By Saudi Arabia Over Yemen

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif hold a joint press conference in Ankara on April 3.

Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed concern over the overthrow of Yemen’s government and will stand by Saudi Arabia as it leads a coalition against Shi’ite rebels there.

Sharif spoke on April 3 at a news conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

On April 2, Sharif chaired a meeting on Yemen after a political and military delegation returned from a fact-finding trip to Saudi Arabia.

A statement released afterward reiterated that any breach of Saudi "territorial integrity" would bring a "strong response" from Pakistan.

It also condemned "actions by non-state actors in Yemen to overthrow a legitimate government."

Pakistan, a close ally of Saudi Arabia, is to hold a special session of parliament on April 6 to debate whether to join the Saudi-led coalition against antigovernment rebels in Yemen.

Based on reporting by Reuters,, and AFP