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Iran deplores deaths of hundreds Yemenis in Saudi air raids

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Algiers, April 7, IRNA -- Deputy Foreign Minister and President Rouhani's Special Envoy Morteza Sarmadi said on Tuesday Iran uses capacities of all friendly countries to ease Yemeni people's pains and stop the Saudi aggression on Yemen.

Sarmadi told a press conference held at the Iranian Embassy in Algeria that the Islamic Republic of Iran makes diplomatic efforts to stop the Saudi bombardment of Yemen and alleviate sufferings of the Yemeni people.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister said that his visit of Algeria was aimed at seeking a solution for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and bring the Yemeni groups and parties together at a negotiating table.

'Tehran has many times supported such Yemeni-Yemeni talks and in order to make them successful initially foreign aggression and bombardment of Yemen must come to an end, because negotiations amid foreign aggression and under incessant bombardments is meaningless,' he said.

Sarmadi said that rumors on relations between his visit of Algeria and seeking a mediator who will proximate Iran's viewpoints with those of Saudi Arabia on Yemen are quite baseless.

'Iran welcomes any effort aimed at ending military aggression against Yemen and beginning of political talks there,' he added.

A reporter asked Sarmadi whether he had heard some countries' accusations against Iran on the basis of interference in regional countries.

'On that accusation all I can say is that the accuser are under the influence of the Zionist regime propaganda, and some of them wish to hide their own political humiliations by spreading such lies and accusations.'

Sarmadi further elaborated that when those countries were busy supporting the Takfiri terrorist and providing logistical support and weapons for them Iran was supporting the anti-terrorist campaign in Iraq and Syria, but today even the supporters of those terrorist groups have been convinced that the terrorists threaten the regional security, and not only Syria.

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