Iran Denies Diplomat’s Visit to Yemen

Iran’s Foreign Ministry denied a Saudi daily’s report that an Iranian deputy minister has made a short trip to Yemen’s capital of Sana’a earlier this week.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Thursday dismissed the report by Saudi newspaper Al-Watan about Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari’s visit to Yemen.

Qassemi described the report as part of Saudi Arabia’s attempts to cover up its successive defeats in the aggression against Yemen.

Saudi media outlets issue such false reports while all routes to Sana’a have been closed for a couple of months and the Saudi military forces do not allow even the Yemeni nationals to travel to Sana’a, he added.

Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been launching deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Nearly 10,000 Yemenis, including 4,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

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