A top Iranian diplomat has severely criticized Saudi Arabia for continuing its deadly military aggression against the Yemeni people, saying the Riyadh regime’s operation will pose further security threats to the Middle East.
“The continuation of the Saudi aggression will block the political path [for the resolution of Yemen’s conflict] and further endanger the security and peace of the region,” said Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday.
The Iranian official warned that the Saudi strikes against the Yemeni people have paved the way for increasing terror activities in the violence-wracked country, adding that the kingdom’s raids actually target Yemen’s infrastructure and the people who are fighting against the terrorists.
Abdollahian also denounced as “totally baseless” the allegation that Tehran is providing arms to the Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement, saying that the presence of Iran’s naval forces in the high seas of the Gulf of Aden is within the framework of international regulations.
“Iran’s policy is to help promote peace, security and stability in Yemen and the whole region,” he stressed.
A Yemeni man lays in his bed at a hospital in the capital city of Sana’a on April 21, 2015, a day after he was wounded in a Saudi airstrike. © AFP
The Iranian diplomat stressed that Tehran will dispatch humanitarian and medical assistance to the Arab country and transfer the injured women and children for treatment.
Abdollahian called on the international organizations, including the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to carry out their duties with regard to the Yemeni people, urging Riyadh to change “the current wrong path.”
In a broadcast late on Tuesday, Saudi government spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri announced the termination of the first phase of the Saudi war on Yemen, which was codenamed as the so-called Decisive Storm.
However, he added that the Saudi naval blockade on Yemen would stay in place and the Saudi forces would continue targeting the Houthi Ansarullah movement’s fighters in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen on March 26 - without a UN mandate - in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a close ally of Riyadh.
According to reports, nearly 1,000 people have been killed during the aggression.