Iran decries Saudi military intervention in Yemen


Iran’s deputy foreign minister said that the Saudi military intervention in Yemen is a strategic mistake and won’t help solve Yemen’s problems.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the Saudi intervention in Yemen and subsequent humanitarian plight, saying political means are the only way to resolve the Yemeni crisis.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah on the sidelines of the third International Conference on Humanitarian Pledging for Syria.

Amir-Abdollahian said that the Saudi military intervention in Yemen is a strategic mistake and such measures which have created a humanitarian crisis will not help resolve Yemen’s problems.

He said insecurity in the region would lead to growing extremism and terrorism, so the Saudi government must stop any military intervention in Yemen.

He said that political mechanisms provide the only solution to the Yemeni crisis.

Amir-Abdollahian urged all Yemeni political groups and parties to return to the negotiating table based on formerly concluded agreements.

Al-Attiya, meanwhile, expressed concern about escalation of humanitarian crisis in Yemen, terming ‘very difficult and complicated’ the situation in Yemen, calling on the Yemeni political groups to initiate dialogue and national reconciliation.

He said the region needs peace, inviting all regional governments to encourage the Yemeni political groups to initiate dialogue to stop the bloodshed.

Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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