Iran, Turkey negotiating to resolve Yemen crisis
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.12
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran and Turkey are negotiating to resolve the crises in the region, including the crisis in Yemen, Iran's ambassador to Turkey Ali Reza Bigdeli stated.
Foreign ministries of Iran and Turkey will work together to promote ceasefire in Yemen and send humanitarian aids to the country, he added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has underlined the need for a ceasefire in Yemen as the first step to help resolve the crisis, the ambassador noted.
Iran and Turkey share a common viewpoint about negotiating on issues of mutual interest, so that common grounds will not be influenced by differences, he explained.
In response to a question about the possible cooperation between Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia on Yemen crisis, the official said that the Saudi Arabian prince had paid a visit to Turkey one day before Erdogan's trip to Iran to discuss the issue.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the Islamic Republic and Turkey share views about the ongoing crisis in Yemen.
Rouhani made the remarks during a joint press conference with visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on April 7 in Tehran.
Iranian president further said that Iran and Turkey with cooperation of other countries can help establishing peace, security and formation of an inclusive government in Yemen.
An international military operation kicked off on March 26 in Yemen against Iran-backed Houthis, with involvement of the armed forces of a number of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia.
The Shiite rebels have taken control of several cities and are assaulting the port of Aden, where Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi had been based before fleeing to Riyadh.
Iran denies accusations that it gives military assistance to the Shiite group.