TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani once again said that Tehran supports for dialogue and ceasefire in Yemen, adding that such a path is logical if the talks are genuinely after establishing peace in the war-torn country. In a meeting with Omani Deputy Parliament Speaker Abdullah Al Amri on the sidelines of […]
TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani once again said that Tehran supports for dialogue and ceasefire in Yemen, adding that such a path is logical if the talks are genuinely after establishing peace in the war-torn country.
In a meeting with Omani Deputy Parliament Speaker Abdullah Al Amri on the sidelines of 12th plenary meeting of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya, Larijani said Tehran supports choosing dialogue to settle the conflict in Yemeni as a good measure, as long as the talks lead to an actual ceasefire in effect.
Noting Oman’s approach toward the crisis in Yemen, Larijani said, “Your role was wise and rational. We hope that talks on Yemen would lead to a practical measure and an actual ceasefire.”
He backed restoration of the ceasefire in Yemen as a “logical path”, saying that the warring parties need to usher in peace talks to resolve the dispute.
The Omani official, for his part, said his country is informed on some talks taking place on Yemen, voicing readiness to increase efforts to find a solution to end the war in the crisis-hit and impoverished Arab country.
“The situation in Yemen is improving. Efforts to settle the conflict have been formed in the most appropriate way possible,” he reassured.
Elsewhere, he touched upon the project of gas transfer from Iran to Oman via sea, saying “there is a strong resolve to carry out the project. The only problems that remain are technical and financial, which can be solved by relevant ministers of both countries.”
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 the Houthi Ansarullah movement.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 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.
The Western-backed military aggression, coupled with a naval blockade, has plunged Yemen into “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”, according to the United Nations.
Last Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined his country’s support for peaceful solutions and talks to resolve the crisis in Yemen.
“Iran sees no benefit in continued war and siege in Yemen, but it welcomes peaceful solutions,” Zarif wrote on his twitter page in Arabic language.
He added that Iran welcomes all initiatives which invite to talks and persuades everyone to use peaceful solutions.
- source : FNA, Iran News