Iran's top diplomat pushes for Yemen peace talks during Pakistan visit, meets Pakistani PM

Iran's top diplomat on a visit to Pakistan is calling for peace talks to resolve the crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led airstrikes' campaign supported by Islamabad is battling Iranian-backed Shiite rebels.

State-run Pakistani media say Mohammad Javad Zarif met Thursday with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the conflict in Yemen.

Zarif, who arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday, has said that Iran is ready to facilitate peace talks that would lead to a broad-based government in Yemen. He also called for a cease-fire to allow for humanitarian assistance.

Zarif's visit comes as Pakistan's parliament is debating whether to contribute forces to the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels.

The Houthis have seized much of the country, but both Tehran and the rebels deny Iran is arming them.