Saudi aggression against Yemen must end: Iranian diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat says Tehran’s fundamental approach toward the Yemeni crisis is that the Saudi aggression against the Arab state must stop.

In a Thursday phone conversation with UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian urged an immediate end to the Saudi aggression against the Yemeni people, stressing that political dialog is the only way out of the conflict in the impoverished Arab country.

Only a political, intra-Yemeni dialog can resolve the crisis in the country, Amir-Abdollahian said, urging all regional sides to pursue this approach to settle the disagreements.

Amir-Abdollahian also hailed the efforts by the UN envoy to find a political solution to the conflict and to have the siege against the Yemeni people removed.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian diplomat warned of the rising threat of terrorism in the region as a result of the war against Yemen, and invited Ahmed to visit Tehran for more talks on the issue.

The UN official, for his part, said that negotiations between Yemeni groups go on “in a positive atmosphere despite all hardships,” adding that “adopting a political solution and avoiding war” will help restore peace and stability in the Arab country and the whole region.

Cheikh Ahmed said he believed that a ceasefire should be established across the country and at the same time, all Yemeni groups should engage in dialog within the framework of the UN resolutions. He did not elaborate on the details of the world body’s plans to end the conflict.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 – without a UN mandate – in a bid to undermine Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to the fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.

Over 4,300 people have been killed in the Yemeni conflict, the World Health Organization said on August 11. Local Yemeni sources, however, say the fatality figure is much higher.


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