Iraninan FM denounces Yemen international aid process
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed his criticism over the process of dispatching international relief aid to the war-hit Yemen in the wake of Saudi-led aggression, IRNA reported.
He made the remarks on May.20, in a meeting with the visiting United Nations Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, the Foreign Ministry reported.
During the meeting, both sides discussed ways of providing the people of Yemen with relief aid and stressed expediting the process.
Zarif referred to repeated violation of cease-fire in Yemen and said that as a result, rapid and complete dispatching of aid did not materialize.
Denouncing the current international relief trend to Yemen, he added, implementation of the UN Security Council should not hamper the process.
He also suggested establishing safe havens in Yemen where urgent humanitarian aid could be sent.
The visiting UN official for her part called for dispatching of humanitarian aid to Yemen with fewer problems and suggested sending the aid to areas outside Yemen and later transferring them into the country.
This is the third official visit of Amos to Iran in her capacity as UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Her earlier missions occurred in September 2013 and August 2014.
Prior to meeting Zarif, she a held a separate meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abollahian during which they discussed the human plight in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.