Iran minister meets Sharif, Raheel over Yemen crisis


Islamabad — The visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday reiterated proposals for a ceasefire, humanitarian assistance, dialogue among Yemenis and formation of an “all-inclusive government.

Zarif’s visit is part of heightened regional diplomacy to resolve the crisis in Yemen. He reportedly briefed the Pakistani premier about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Tehran and his own talks in Muscat, Oman. Prime Minister Sharif visited Turkey early this week. A Saudi minister was also expected to reach Islamabad later on Thursday.

“The prime minister stressed the need to ponder the ways and means to bring an end to the conflict at the earliest by peaceful means,” a statement from Sharif’s office said after the meeting with Zarif.

While Pakistan and Turkey have taken the lead in peace efforts, they also plan to associate some other Muslim countries particularly Indonesia and Malaysia to intensify them.

Notwithstanding Javad’s claim that a consensus is emerging around Iran’s four-point proposals, difference of opinion between Pakistan and Iran has surfaced on former’s proposal for immediate ceasefire amid Saudi allegations that Iran has armed and trained Houthi militants, a charge vehemently denied by Javad.