UAE official slams ‘contradictory’ Pakistan vote

The Pakistani parliament adopted a unanimous resolution on Yemen urging the government to remain 'neutral'

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The United Arab Emirates on Friday slammed a Pakistani decision to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi requests to join “Operation Decisive Storm” against Houthi militia.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, lashed out at Pakistan’s vote on his Twitter account accusing it of choosing Iran over the Gulf nations at a time when they face an "existential confrontation" in the Yemen conflict.

Tehran seems to be more important to Islamabad and Ankara than the Gulf countries, said Gargash in one of his tweets.

“Though our economic and investment assets are inevitable, political support is missing at critical moments,” he wrote in reference to the Gulf’s economic and investment help to the South Asian nation.

The Pakistani parliament’s resolution, which promoted neutrality on the Yemeni conflict, and voiced support for Saudi Arabia is “contradictory and dangerous and unexpected from Islamabad,” said Gargash.

Earlier on Friday, the Pakistani parliament adopted a unanimous resolution on Yemen urging the government to remain neutral, offering instead to mediate a solution.

The resolution however backed the government’s commitment to protecting Saudi Arabia’s territory.

“The Arabian Gulf is in a dangerous confrontation, its strategic security is on the edge, and the moment of truth distinguishes between the real ally and the ally of media and statements,” said the minister.

“The vague and contradictory stands of Pakistan and Turkey are an absolute proof that Arab security — from Libya to Yemen — is the responsibility of none but Arab countries, and the crisis is a real test for neighboring countries.”

Turkey also expressed its support to “Operation Decisive Storm” and said it would offer logistics support and intelligence support.

“This is nothing but another chapter of laggard impartial stand,” Gargash added.

The minister then demanded Pakistan to show a clear stand “in favor of its strategic relations with the Gulf nations, ad contradictory and ambiguous views on this decisive matter will have a cost highly.”

Meanwhile, the military spokesperson for “Operation Decisive Storm,” Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri, pointed out on Friday that the Pakistani government had not yet announced its official position.

Speaking to reporters, Asiri said that while Pakistan’s participation would be an addition to the coalition, its absence in the operation wouldn’t affect the coalition’s work.

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