Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait Public Announcements
Ladies and Gentlemen!
I have seen many media comments in Pakistan and abroad on the Yemen crisis, particularly after the Resolution passed by the Parliament on 10th April. I think it is necessary to clarify Pakistan’s position on different dimensions of the crisis.
From the very start, Pakistan’s policy was based on the following principles:
The Resolution passed by the Parliament on 10th April, fully endorses these principles and strengthens the hands of the Government for playing a positive and constructive role. The Resolution has affirmed, in clear and categorical terms, that any violation of the Saudi territorial sovereignty or threat to the two Holy Mosques will evoke a strong response from Pakistan. This assurance has been given despite the massive commitment of our armed forces in the on-going Operation Zarb-e-Azab, in which hundreds of our brave soldiers and security personnel have laid down their lives.
We have already intensified contacts with Saudi Arabia to monitor the ground situation and possible threats to the security and territorial integrity of the Kingdom. We believe that the restoration of President Hadi’s government will be an important step forward towards establishing peace in Yemen.
I also conveyed to the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mr. Javad Zarif during his visit to Pakistan on 8-9th April that the violent overthrow of the legitimate government in Yemen by the Houthis had set a dangerous precedent that was fraught with serious risks for the entire region. I also urged him to use Iran’s influence to bring the Houthis to the negotiating table.
We are also in touch with other GCC countries to assure them that their disappointment was based on an apparent misinterpretation of Parliament’s Resolution. Pakistan does not abandon friends and strategic partners, especially at a time when their security is under threat.
My government continues to follow the policy of fortifying and strengthening the bonds of friendship with the Gulf countries. There should be no doubt about our policy of solidarity with the GCC States.
Some media reports are speculative and tend to create misunderstanding between Pakistan and its Arab brothers. We have not responded to these speculations because we believe that public comments would be counter-productive.
Pakistan will intensify its diplomatic efforts in the coming days, in consultation with the leadership of Saudi Arabia, to resolve the crisis.
KUWAIT: The Ambassador of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Muhammad Aslam Khan, today called on H.E. Lt. Gen. Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the State of Kuwait. The meeting focused on cooperation between Pakistan and Kuwait in the various defence fields. The meeting took place in the traditionally warm and cordial atmosphere. The Ambassador underlined the need for intensifying cooperation in the areas of mutual interest and mutual benefit.
KUWAIT: A flag hoisting ceremony was held in the Embassy of Pakistan, Kuwait this morning on the occasion of Pakistan Day 2015. A large number of the members of Pakistani community, including community notables, students, women and children attended the ceremony. Representatives of ethnic and local Kuwaiti media were also present.
First time at the embassy 14 meter long flag carried by the attendees.
Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait, H.E. Muhammad Aslam Khan, hoisted the national flag and read out the messages of the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Aslam Khan highlighted the significance of the adoption of Pakistan resolution in the history of the struggle of Pakistan. He noted that having overcome numerous challenges, the Pakistani nation, in keeping with the spirit of Pakistan Day, had a clear vision of the way ahead towards peace and prosperity. He urged the Pakistani community to play their role in bringing Pakistan and Kuwait closer, especially through promoting cooperation in trade and investment and projecting Pakistan’s rich culture and traditions.
The ceremony concluded with dua for Pakistan’s security, stability, peace and prosperity. This was followed by cake cutting and serving of refreshments.
KUWAIT: A Flag Hoisting ceremony on the occasion of the National Day of Islamic Republic of Pakistan will be held on Monday 23rd March 2015 at 08:00 A.M at the Chancery premises of the Embassy of Pakistan, Kuwait.
All Members of Pakistani community are cordially invited to attend.
KUWAIT: On the occasion of National Day of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait will remain closed on Monday, 23rd March 2015 and will reopen with its routine office timings from 08.00 a.m to 04.00 p.m. on Tuesday 24th March 2015.
KUWAIT: H. E. Muhammad Aslam Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait, today met with Mr. Abd al-Rahman al-Alyan, Chief Editor of the Daily Kuwait Times. The discussions focused on matters of mutual interest, including media coverage of the ongoing events marking celebration of Pakistan Day 2015, as well as strengthening cooperation between the two brotherly countries, Pakistan and Kuwait.