Tehran says it shares stance on Yemen with Moscow
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 27
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister on Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has said that Tehran and Moscow share similar views on regarding situation in Yemen.
Speaking during a press conference in Moscow, Amir-Abdollahian said that he and Russian President's special envoy for the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held long talks on the Middle East issues, IRNA news agency reported March 26.
Commenting on Saudi Arabia's bombardment of Yemen, he said that Iran considers the act as violation of Yemen's territorial integrity.
Carrying out air attacks is easy, but ending a war is difficult, he said, calling for halt to all terrorist operations in Yemen.
"Tehran and Moscow share views on regional affairs and those of Yemen. Iran-Russia relations are exemplary. In the past years we have extended cooperation on regional affairs," he said.
We strongly condemn foreign intervention in Yemen and ask all Yemeni sides to resume national talks, Amir-Abdollahian asserted.
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 (local Shia group) militia forces.
Iran's Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayeen said March 26 that "silence of international organizations and bodies regarding the aggression against independent states, including Syria, shall result in deepening of the crisis in the region".
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.
Pak Ayeen said 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.