Pakistan rejected Iran offer to join anti-Saudi coalition in Yemen


Pakistan, whose parliament on Friday unanimously voted not to join the Saudi-led air campaign targeting Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen, has reportedly also refused an offer from Tehran to join a coalition with Turkey against Saudi Arabia, Al-Hayat reported on Saturday.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the commander of the Pakistani army, General Raheel Sharif, met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Islamabad this week. According to Al-Hayat, while officially Zatif called for a cease-fire and negotiations on creating a broad-based government in Yemen, behind closed doors he also raised the option of forming a counter-coalition.