Baku, Azerbaijan, May 18
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Any meeting on Yemen crisis should be held in a neutral country, Iran's Supreme Leader advisor for International Affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati, stated.
He made the statement in a meeting in Beirut with Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Iran's IRNA news agency reported May 18.
He emphasized that other countries, including Saudi Arabia, have nothing to do with issues related to Yemen.
Any kind of meeting on Yemen should be held by Yemeni parties in association with international organizations, like the UN, in a neutral country, provided that the atrocious killing of Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia is stopped, he said.
An international coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched air strikes on the Houthi militia forces in Yemen March 25, in a move to support President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi who was forced to flee to Riyadh.
Iran has repeatedly called on Riyadh to immediately halt the air strikes on Yemen, saying intra-Yemeni dialog is the only way to end the current political deadlock in the Arab country.
Tehran also rejects claims about providing military support to the Yemeni rebels.
Edited by CN