In a statement released on Wednesday, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi touched on the recent developments in south of Yemen, saying, “The coalition of Saudi and Emirati invaders, accompanied by their mercenaries, who have been unable to destroy the willpower of people with various advanced weapons, massacre, and widespread destruction over the past five years and who find themselves defeated by the spirit of diligence and fortitude of people across Yemen, are now seeking disintegration of Yemen under a suspicious plot.”
He also reaffirmed Tehran’s backing for the territorial integrity of Yemen, and added, “The Islamic Republic of Iran always supports a ‘united Yemen’ and deems preserving its integrity a common responsibility of all Yemeni people.”
The Iranian diplomat finally expressed the hope that a cessation of aggression against Yemen by the Saudi-Emirati coalition would enable different Yemeni parties and groups to overcome the problems by accomplishing the Yemeni-Yemeni talks and form an inclusive government across the country.
Estimates show that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
The years-long military aggression has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The United Nations has warned that more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.