TEHRAN (defapress) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed called for steps to bring the human tragedy in the Arabian Peninsula country to an end.
News ID: 65561
Publish Date: 12August 2017 - 18:39
In a meeting in Tehran on Saturday, Zarif and the UN envoy
discussed the latest developments in Yemen.
The two highlighted the need for an end to the ongoing human
catastrophe in Yemen and called for efforts to find comprehensive political
solutions for the country’s crisis.
Cheikh Ahmed, who arrived in Tehran earlier on Saturday,
also held talks with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African
Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari, in which the two urged steps to relaunch
political peace talks in the Arab country and provide humanitarian aid for the
people of Yemen who are facing famine and are buckling under a blockade.
Yemen has been the target of massive airstrikes by a
Saudi-led coalition since March 2015. Leading a number of its vassal states,
Saudi Arabia launched the military aggression on Yemen to eliminate the Yemeni
Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall a Riyadh-friendly former president.
The war, however, has failed to achieve either of the goals, morphing into a
protracted conflict and causing a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
UN-brokered talks between Yemen’s warring sides have also
failed to end the conflict so far.
Iran has repeatedly called for a swift end to the brutal
Saudi-led military campaign.
The war has so far killed over 12,000 Yemenis.
The US and the UK have been providing the bulk of the
weapons used by the Saudi-led forces against Yemen. The US is also providing
other assistance, including the provision of intelligence, to the invading
The aggression has been accompanied by a Saudi-led naval and
aerial blockade on Yemen.
It has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure and
led to a cholera epidemic in the country. Almost 2,000 people have died since
the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in April, according to the latest figures
provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
An estimated 70 percent of Yemen’s 28 million population is
said to be in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
Earlier this week, Yemen’s blood bank appealed to the
international community to support the center as its "medical supplies have
nearly run out.”