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Iran strongly opposed to military meddling in Yemen

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 30, IRNA -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian stressed that national dialogue is the only way out of the current security crisis in Yemen. He said military intervention will only deteriorate the dispute.

'We believe that the situation in Yemen should be resolved through political means only,' Amir Abdollahian said in an interview with RT on Sunday.

'We believe that foreign interference will not only fail to solve the problem, but also exacerbate it. It's easy to start a war, but it's extremely hard to finish it,' the Iranian official went on to say.

'We will keep supporting the fight against terrorism in the region, including in Yemen. In this respect we welcome the actions of Ansarullah aimed at combating terrorism. We will support the dialogue in Yemen to the best of our abilities and we are willing to aid the start of the political process in this country,' he further stressed.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for five days now, killing, at least, 73 civilians and injuring hundreds more.

On Thursday, the Iranian foreign ministry deplored the airstrike, calling it a 'dangerous' move in violation of international obligations for respecting countries' national sovereignty.

'Resorting to military acts against Yemen which is entangled in an internal crisis and fighting terrorism will further complicate the situation, spread the range of crisis and destroy opportunities to settle the internal differences in Yemen peacefully,' IRI Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

She underlined the necessity for implementing national agreements among the Yemeni groups and parties as soon as possible, and called for an immediate halt to air strikes and military acts against the Yemeni people and the country.

Afkham expressed concern about the spread of extremism and strengthening terrorism, and said, 'This aggression will merely result in the spread of terrorism and extremism and will spread insecurity to the entire region.'

Five Persian Gulf States -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait -- backed by the US have declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued earlier Thursday.

US President Barack Obama authorized the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the military operations, National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said late Wednesday night.

She added that while US forces were not taking direct military action in Yemen, Washington was establishing a Joint Planning Cell with Saudi Arabia to coordinate US military and intelligence support.


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