Iran vice president says Tehran ready to increase humanitarian aid to Yemen
Iran Press TV
Aug 12, 2015 5:58PM
A senior Iranian official says Tehran is ready to increase humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people, who are bearing the brunt of the brutal Saudi aggression.
Iran's First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic is prepared to increase humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people via the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
He made the remarks during a meeting with Peter Maurer, the president of the ICRC, in Tehran.
Jahangiri called on the ICRC to play a more active role in expanding humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni nation.
The Iranian official deplored the killing of Yemeni children and women in Saudi airstrikes, saying that the United Nations Security Council could have played a more constructive role to prevent such a catastrophic situation in the Arab country.
The senior Iranian official said dialog is the only solution to the crisis in Yemen, emphasizing the formation of an all-inclusive government in the impoverished country.
Jahangiri also pointed to the issue of terrorism in the region, expressing disappointment that some groups have been formed in the region that commit crimes in the name of Islam.
The ICRC chief, for his part, appreciated Iran’s constructive cooperation with the ICRC, calling for the expansion of relations and cooperation between Tehran and the international aid agency.
Maurer also said dialog among Yemenis was the solution to the conflict in the country, adding that the ICRC will increase its aid for the Yemeni people.
Maurer's meeting with the top Iranian official came after the ICRC chief’s three-day visit to Yemen, where he described the humanitarian situation as "nothing short of catastrophic."
In a statement issued ahead of his visit to Yemen on August 8, the ICRC president warned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Arab country, saying, "The human cost of this conflict is such that no family in Yemen today has been left unaffected."
The Saudi military aggression against Yemen, which began on March 26, is meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah fighters and restore power to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of the Riyadh regime. The UN says the conflict has killed over 4,000 people, nearly half of them civilians, since late March. Local Yemeni sources, however, put the fatality figure at a much higher number.
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