The Iranian foreign ministry on Saturday strongly rejected Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu-Bakr al-Qirbi’s allegations about arms shipments to his country by Iran, and stressed that Tehran favors peace and stability in the Yemen.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always been Yemen’s friend and supports the country’s unity and stability,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said, dismissing Qirbi’s claims in an interview with the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper about Iran’s interference in Yemen.
“Empathy and cooperation of all streams and parties in the political process and smartness of the wise Yemeni people can bring back stability, security and flourishing to the country,” she added.
In similar remarks in April, Afkham lashed out at the Yemeni officials’ claims about Iran’s alleged support for radical groups in the Arab country.
“These groundless accusations are occasionally raised, but the falseness of such claims quite clear to everyone,” Afkham told reporters at her weekly press briefing in Tehran.
She noted that such remarks are made despite the ongoing meddling and moves by some regional countries in Yemen contrary to the country’s interests and security.
The Iranian spokeswoman pointed to relations between the two countries, and said, “The Islamic Republic has always supported unity, stability and integrity in Yemen.”
“We believe that the issues in Yemen can only be resolved through dialog and a political process in line with meeting the legitimate demands of the country’s people and with the cooperation and participation of all the country’s political groups, parties and currents without foreign interference,” she added.