Leader’s aide: No Iranian military troop in Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati blasted Saudi Arabia’s continued airstrikes against Yemen, but meantime rejected the Riyadh-driven rumors that Iran has a military deployment in Yemen.

“Iran has no form of interference in Yemen’s affairs; if you find a single Iranian (military) in Yemen, then you could say that there are signs of Iran’s presence in that country,” Velayati told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.

He noted that all the international news media have reported Iran’s humanitarian aid to Yemen.

“We demand the international bodies to exert pressure on Saudi Arabia to pave the way for Muslim countries’ aid to Yemen; the Saudi Navy has besieged the Yemeni ports and they do not allow the flow of humanitarian aid from either Muslim or non-Muslim countries to Yemen …,” Velayati added.

On Monday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined Iran’s support for a political solution to the Yemeni crisis, and warned that certain states’ support for Al-Qaeda terrorist group in Yemen will pose a major threat to regional and international security.

“Assistance to the reinvigoration of terrorism in Yemen will only make this dangerous phenomenon more complicated for the international security,” Amir Abdollahian said in a meeting with New Zealand’s Deputy Foreign Minister Bead Curry and the accompanying delegation in Tehran.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister reminded the repercussions of the mistakes made by some countries that supported the spread of terrorism in the region in the past, and expressed regret over these states’ continued willingness to make an instrumental use of the terrorist groups as a repetition of the same old mistakes.

Amir Abdollahian called on the global community to show serious resolve to fight terrorism in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia started its unauthorized aerial bombardments on Yemen on March 26. The Saudi-led attacks have drawn international criticism after claiming the lives of at least 2500 people, mostly women and children, and razing thousands of housing units to the ground.

Also, thousands of people have been injured during the attacks as the Saudi offensive enters its 20th consecutive day.

Some western countries, including the US, have backed the Saudi aggression despite international calls for a swift halt to the attacks.

By Fars News Agency