UAE criticises Pakistan's Yemen decision

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash accused Pakistan of siding with Iran, failing to support Gulf states at a ‘critical’ time & being contradictory
UAE criticises Pakistan's Yemen decision
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash. (Getty Images)
By Courtney Trenwith
Sun 12 Apr 2015 10:13 AM

The UAE has criticised Pakistan’s decision not to send military support for the operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash used his Twitter account to suggest Pakistan was not reciprocating in its relationship with Arab states involved in the Yemen offensive.

“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, according to AFP.

He also accused Pakistan of siding with Iran, suggesting in another Tweet that Tehran seems to be more important to Islamabad and Ankara than the Gulf countries, referring to Turkey’s decision also not to send troops to support the Saudi-led conflict.

The Pakistani parliament’s decision, while still voicing support for the coalition was “contradictory and dangerous and unexpected from Islamabad,” Gargash reportedly said.

Pakistani leaders had travelled to Riyadh in the past week to discuss its support for Operation Decisive Storm and it had been expected they would sent troops to Yemen.

However, on Friday, Pakistan’s parliament voted unanimously not to join the air campaign, offering instead to mediate a solution.

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