Military operations in Yemen must be halted, Iran says
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 26
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
While Iranian officials, including Foriegn Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned about any military intervention against Houthis (a Shia group) in Yemen, Mohsen Pak Ayeen, Iran's Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, expressing his concern over gravity of situation in Yemen and loss of lives of innocent ordinary people, urged that world community and regional countries to take action for immediate stop of military action against Yemen.
Iran's Embassy released a report Mar.26 quoted Pak Ayeen as saying that military operation against an independent state, contradicts sovereignty of the state, breaches international norms and will only result in killing of innocent people, destruction and displacement."
The chairman of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Saudi Arabia's strikes over Yemen, which led to injuring and killing of tens of people there, show Riyadh's irresponsibility towards the Muslim world's problems.
Saudi Arabia launched air strikes against the Yemeni Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran and has taken the control of Yemeni capital, Sanaa since last September.
Iranian deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also met with his Russian counterpart, Mikhail Bogdanov in Moscow on March 25 and the sides discussed the situation in Yemen.
The White House said earlier that the US President Barack Obama authorized a logistical and intelligence support for a Saudi-led military operation in Yemen to beat back the Houthi militia forces.
Pak Ayeen said that "silence of international organizations and bodies visa-a-vis aggression against independent states, including Syria, shall result in deepening of the crisis in the region". He expressed hope that the mistake of the world community not to be repeated in Yemen".
The ambassador reiterated that Iran closely follows developments in Yemen and further said that the internal Yemeni conflict should be settled peacefully through negotiations without intervention of foreign countries.
Ambassador Pak Ayeen continued that the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a peace loving country, shall use it good offices to harness the crisis and prevent violation of international laws and regulations in Yemen.
"Since the beginning of the crisis in Yemen, Iran called for talks among Yemeni groups and declared that military intervention of third countries will further deepen the crisis," he said.