Senior MP: Diplomacy only solution to crisis in Yemen
A senior Iranian lawmaker renewed Iran's stance on a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, IRNA reported.
Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Alaeddin Boroujerdi made the comments in a meeting with Chairman of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok in Tehran on Saturday.
The Iranian official criticized the international community's silence toward the deadly Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, which started on March 26 - without a UN mandate - to restore power to Yemen's fugitive former President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.
Approximately 2,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict in the Arab country since March 19, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
"Like in Syria, the Islamic Republic believes the crisis in Yemen could only be resolved via a political solution," Boroujerdi stated.
Commenting on the issue of terrorism in the Middle East, Boroujerdi added that all those who are committed to fighting terrorism and extremism in the world must work to contain the "ominous and dangerous phenomenon."
Brok, for his part, stressed the necessity of collaboration in the international community to curb terrorism, saying, "All nations should take action to uproot this common and global hazard."
Militants started their campaign of terror in Syria in March 2011 with the backing of Western powers and their regional allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar. The terrorists of the ISIL Takfiri group now control parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq.
An eight-member European parliamentary delegation is headed by the Chairman of the European Committee on Foreign Affairs Elmar Brok.
The European delegation is scheduled to hold talks with senior Iranian officials during their two-day stay in Tehran, Sheikholeslam added.