Political Solution Only Way Out of Yemen Crisis: Iran

Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for an immediate end to the bloodshed in Yemen, expressing Tehran’s support for a political solution based on the Stockholm Agreements.

Zarif made the comments in a Sunday meeting with the spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement Mohammed Abdul-Salam in Tehran.

Zarif expressed regret over the killing of Yemeni oppressed people and five years of siege on the impoverished country and called for an immediate end to the war and the blockade of the Arab state.

Referring to political solution as the only way out of the Yemen crisis, Zarif stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported Yemeni-Yemeni talks and the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreements.

Zarif also expressed regret over Yemen’s dire humanitarian situation, emphsising that Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid to the country.

For his part, Abdul-Salam conveyed the thanks of the leader of Houthi Ansarullah movement Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi for Zarif’s message of condolence on the martyrdom of Ibrahim Badreddin al-Houthi, a brother of Ansarullah leader, and the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the people of Yemen.

He also gave a report on the latest field and political developments in Yemen and the prospect of a political solution as well as the latest humanitarian situation in the Arab 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.

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