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Pakistan's Sharif Leaves For Turkey To Discuss Yemen Crisis


Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has left Pakistan for a one-day visit to Turkey where he is scheduled to discuss the Yemen crisis.

The Foreign Ministry says Sharif will meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to "exchange views on the situation relating to Yemen."

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 dawn.com and AFP

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