Riyadh Deal Not to Sooth Crisis in Yemen
“Signing such documents will not help resolution of problems in Yemen and it will be a step to prolong Saudi Arabia and its allies’ occupation in Southern Yemen directly or through their proxy forces,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said on Wednesday.
He advised Saudi Arabia to give a positive response to the initiative presented by Mahdi al-Mashat, the president of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, on the halt of recirocal attacks rather than making decisions for groups that have no authority.
“As stressed many times, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes the first step to resolve the crisis in Yemen is stopping the war and bloodshed and removing the cruel siege on the Yemeni people, and the next step is holding Yemeni-Yemeni talks to attain an agreement for the political future of the country,” Mousavi said.
In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.
Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
More than 2,200 others have died of cholera, and the crisis has triggered what the United Nations has described as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.