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Iran FM calls for end to killing of civilians, blockade of war-torn Yemen

Iran Press TV

Sat Oct 26, 2019 05:21PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the ongoing crisis in Yemen should only be solved through political approaches, calling for an end to the killing of civilians and the Saudi-led blockade of the war-ravaged country.

The Iranian foreign minister made the remarks in a meeting with the spokesman of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, in Tehran on Saturday.

He expressed regret over the grave situation of the Yemeni people caused by the Saudi war against Yemen over the past five years and said the Islamic Republic is ready to dispatch humanitarian aid to the war-stricken country.

The top Iranian diplomat once again reiterated Tehran's support for the Yemeni-Yemeni talks and the establishment of a ceasefire in the country.

Abdul-Salam, for his part, hailed Iran's support for the Yemeni people and briefed the Iranian foreign minister on the latest developments in Yemen, possible political ways to settle the ongoing crisis and the humanitarian situation in the country.

Back on October 13, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said a proper end to the ongoing war waged by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Yemen can have "positive" effects on the region, highlighting Iran's plan as a suitable solution to this crisis.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has for a long time presented a four-point plan to end the war in Yemen," Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in Tehran, adding, "The end of this war in the proper way can have positive effects on the region."

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.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 91,000 lives over the past four and a half years.

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.

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