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Iran supports dialogue in Yemen: Spokeswomen

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 22, IRNA -- Iran supports dialogue among various political groups in Yemen, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marziyeh Afkham said on Wednesday.

Speaking in a weekly press conference on Wednesday, she said Iran declared its opposition to foreign interference in Yemen at the beginning of political turmoil in the war-torn region.

Afkham said that the Yemen crisis could be resolved through dialogue among various Yemeni political groups.

She added that Iran supports dialogue in Yemen, noting that Yemenis themselves should decide their future.

To a question about Iran's fact sheet in nuclear talks with world powers, Afkham said that Iran's fact sheet is the negotiators' remarks.

The negotiators have not passed the country's red lines in talks with G5+1 member states, she asserted.

Saudi Arabia declared last night that it would stop bombing Yemen's cities after 28 days of air strikes on Yemeni cities that have resulted in the death of around 2,900 people, mostly women and children.

Iran was the only state that had earlier called for the imminent stop of the Saudi attacks on Yemen, and observers see this as a victory for Iran's careful diplomacy in another regional case.

Iran sent a 4-step Yemen peace initiative to the UN chief last week.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and demanded adoption of the necessary moves by the world body to put an immediate end to the bloodshed, describing the conditions on the ground in Yemen as 'alarming'.

Saudi Arabia launched its airstrikes on March 26 and kept them in place for 27 days in a move to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression claimed the lives of around 2,900 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it was bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes were flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Five Persian Gulf States -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Egypt that were also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.

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