Taking Saudi-Iran rift to UN to usher in negotiations
Tehran, Iran, Nov. 20
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
If Saudi Arabia makes any appeal against Iran in the United Nations, the world body will most probably advise the sides to bury the hatchets and resolve issues via dialogue, a political expert says.
It is a right of any country to inform the UN of any issue that it thinks worries it, Davod Hermidas Bavand, a political science and international law professor at University of Tehran, told Trend November 20.
In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran, claiming Tehran is destabilizing the region.
They said they planned to “brief” the UN Security Council on Iran’s policies in the region.
“The fact that Saudi Arabia has commissioned an anti-Iran summit recently is a matter-of-fact issue because when governments are at loggerheads they will try anything to pressure each other,” Bavand noted.
While the Saudi-led coalition and Washington have accused Iran of a Yemeni missile attack targeting King Khalid International Airport near Riyadh, Tehran has strongly denied the claims.
On November 10, a panel appointed by the UN Security Council sent a confidential letter to diplomats, which states that it has seen no proof of Saudi Arabia's claims that Iran was responsible for the recent missile attack by the Yemeni Houthis targeting Riyadh, the US-based investigative website The Intercept reported on Friday.
According to the members of the panel, the tightening of Yemen's blockade by the Saudi-led coalition and the invocation by Saudi Arabia of paragraph 14 of resolution 2216, which allows UN member states to take measures to prevent the transfer of military goods to Houthis, is allegedly an attempt to impede the delivery of humanitarian aid to Yemeni civilians. However, Riyadh insists that the closure of all Yemeni ground, air and sea ports by the Saudi-led coalition forces is temporary and will not interfere with food deliveries to the country.