Iranian official says diplomacy only solution to Yemen crisis


The National Security and Foreign Policy chief of Parliament censured the international community’s silence toward the deadly Saudi airstrikes against Yemen.

A senior Iranian lawmaker has called for a political solution in Yemen as the “only way” out of the current crisis as Saudi Arabia’s deadly airstrikes continue against the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.

Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Parliament Alaeddin Boroujerdi made the comments in a meeting with Chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok in Tehran on Saturday.

The Iranian official censured the international community’s silence toward the deadly Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, which started on March 26 – without a UN mandate – to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.

Approximately 2,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict in the Arab country since March 19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Like in Syria, the Islamic Republic believes the crisis in Yemen could only be resolved via a political solution,” Boroujerdi stated.

Touching upon the issue of terrorism in the Middle East, Boroujerdi added that all those who are committed to fighting terrorism and extremism in the world must work to contain the “ominous and dangerous phenomenon.”

Brok, for his part, stressed the necessity of collaboration in the international community to curb terrorism, saying, “All nations should take action to uproot this common and global hazard.”

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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