Senior officials of Iran and Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement have sat down for talks in Tehran on ways to help end the political conflict in the war-torn Arabian Peninsula state and provide humanitarian aid to its people.
On Monday, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian foreign minister’s special assistant for political affairs, met with Mohammad Abdulsalam, the Ansarullah movement’s spokesperson, in the capital
The two also explored ways of providing aid for the people of Yemen, which has been under attack by Saudi Arabia and a coalition of its allies since March 2015.
They also discussed efforts to find a political solution to the conflict among Yemeni political groups.
Abdulsalam arrived in the Iranian capital on Saturday and held talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Zarif pointed to a four-step solution he had proposed earlier last week to solve the crisis, underlined the need for an urgent end to the bombardment and concomitant Saudi-imposed siege of Yemen, and facilitation of transfer to the country of direly-needed aid supplies.
Zarif pointed to a four-step solution earlier proposed by Iran to solve the Yemen crisis, underlining the need for an urgent end to the Saudi bombardment and siege of Yemen,
Iran’s peace plan calls for an immediate ceasefire, the provision of humanitarian assistance to the war-stricken people, intra-Yemeni talks, and the formation of an inclusive government.
Saudi Arabia and its allies have been seeking to return Yemen’s former Riyadh-aligned government to power. The invasion has killed some 13,600 people and pulverized much of Yemen’s infrastructure.
The head of the former government Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi had resigned and fled to Riyadh after turning down Ansarullah’s call to rescind the resignation and continue to negotiate power.
Ansarullah has been running the country’s affairs and also defending the country against the Saudi aggression.