Iranian commander stresses necessity for respecting Yemeni people’s demands

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri called on the US and its allies to pay heed to the Yemeni people’s demands.

“The US should avoid double-standard measures in Yemen and (recognize and) respect the Yemeni people’s legitimate demands,” Jazayeri said on Monday.

“The Yemeni people do not allow the aliens, including the Americans and the Arab reactionaries, to interfere in their country’s internal affairs,” he added.

Jazayeri underlined that Iran has always defended the rights and legitimate and legal demands of the nations, and added, “We condemn any violent treatment of the people who insist on their legitimate demands.”

People in Yemen have held daily protests across the country over the past weeks, protesting at the fuel prices and demanding the government step down.

Last week, they rejected Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s initiative to form a new government and partially reduce fuel prices.

The protesters said they will continue their mass rallies until all their demands are met.

The Yemeni army and security forces have on numerous occasions used force against the protests. But the crackdown has so far failed to stop the protests.

The Houthi movement that played a key role in the popular uprising that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 is now a part of the comprehensively popular protests.

In relevant remarks yesterday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham reiterated Tehran’s support for unity and stability in the Arab state.

“The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been based on wisdom, moderation, interaction with other countries, non-interference in their internal affairs, campaign against violence, extremism, terrorism and sectarianism and supporting legitimate and peaceful demands,” Afkham said on Sunday.

Stressing that Iran had always sought the best for Yemen and supported unity, stability and tranquility in the country, she said, “Continued consultation and partnership of all political and social parties, groups and streams in the country’s political process and vigilance of the understanding people of Yemen will bring security and stability back to the country.”

By Fars News Agency


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