Pakistan declines Saudi call for military support in Yemen fight

April 10, 2015 11:32 AM

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ADEN (Reuters) - Pakistan's parliament voted on Friday not to join the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, dashing Riyadh's hopes for powerful support from outside of the region in its fight to halt the advance of Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia had asked Pakistan, a fellow Sunni-majority country, to provide ships, aircraft and troops for the campaign, now in its third week, to stem influence of Shi'ite Iran in what appears to be proxy war between the Gulf's two dominant powers.

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