Iran, Ansarullah, European diplomats urge end to Yemen crisis
Iran Press TV
Sat Aug 17, 2019 03:04PM
Representatives of Iran, Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and four major European countries have stressed the importance of putting an immediate end to the ongoing devastating war in Yemen.
An Iranian delegation, headed by Foreign Minister's Senior Aide for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji, Ansarullah representatives, led by its spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam and ambassadors and heads of missions of the four European countries of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, known as the EU/E4, held a trilateral meeting in Tehran on the latest developments in Yemen.
During the meeting, the participations elaborated on their respective countries' views regarding the war-torn Arab country's situation, including the political and humanitarian issues.
They expressed deep regret over the continued critical situation in Yemen, which has resulted in the killing and injuries of tens of thousands of Yemenis and the destruction of the country's infrastructure.
The participating delegations emphasized that the ongoing crisis in Yemen should only be settled through political approaches and urged immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.
A number of Western countries, the US, France and Britain in particular, are also accused of being complicit in the ongoing aggression as they supply the Riyadh regime with advanced weapons and military equipment as well as logistical and intelligence assistance.
At the end of their talks, the Iranian, Yemeni and European representatives called for the full implementation of an agreement reached in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm in 2018 as a prelude to the final settlement of the crisis in Yemen.
In December 2018, representatives from Ansarullah and the Riyadh-sponsored government of Hadi reached a truce deal during UN-mediated peace talks in Sweden.
Under the deal, they agreed to the withdrawal of their troops and the deployment of UN monitors to the port city of Hudaydah, a lifeline for millions of Yemenis.
In a meeting in Tehran on Tuesday with the visiting delegation from Ansarullah, led by Abdul-Salam, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned that the Saudi regime and the United Arab Emirates – which have been leading a military campaign against Yemen – are after partitioning the war-torn Arab country, calling for strong resistance in the face of the plot.
The Leader said the Saudis, the Emiratis and their supporters, who have perpetrated great crimes in Yemen, are after "disintegrating Yemen, a plot that should be confronted decisively," adding, however, that the scheme is doomed to failure.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the Saudi-led war has claimed the lives of over 60,000 Yemenis since January 2016.
The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country's infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.
An international law group has submitted a new report to the British government providing evidence that the Saudi-led coalition has been covering up its unlawful airstrikes on civilian targets and its war crimes in the war on Yemen.
The 288-page report said the Saudi attacks violate international humanitarian law by "targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure."
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