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Cessation of US Arms Sales to Riyadh Could Help Settle Yemen Crisis: Iran  

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman says the US decision to stop supporting the Saudi war on Yemen may help settle the conflict.

“Dropping support for, and refusing to sell weapons to the Saudi-led coalition can be a step towards correcting past mistakes if it is not a political gambit,” said Saeed Khatibzadeh on Saturday.

“Such a move alone will not resolve the Yemen issue, and it should be followed by the lifting of the air, sea and land blockade which has led to deaths of thousands Yemeni people due to a shortage of food and medicine,” he said.

“Saudi-led military attacks on Yemen by aggressor countries should stop, too,” he added.

He said the international community and some countries which are accessories to Saudi crimes against Yemeni people by providing arms should stop their support for Saudi Arabia as well and not allow this humanitarian disaster to go on.
“Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia became more vulnerable by launching a war on Yemen, and, by levelling unfounded accusations against other countries in line with the United States’ maximum pressure policy, seeks to absolve itself from [any blame for] the military aggression on Yemen and the killing of thousands of women and children,” the spokesman said.
“Meanwhile, we hope hawkish countries will come to realize their strategic mistake regarding the aggression on Yemen, and, by admitting to their mistake over the past six years, put an end to the war and blockade on Yemen and go for a peaceful solution,” Khatibzadeh said.
“Iran welcomes any efforts by the international community to back Yemen and cut off aggressors’ support, and believes its proposed four-item solution is still effective in solving the problem,” he added.

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