Hossein-Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian deputy FM warns Riyadh against strategic mistake in Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian described the Saudi military strike against Yemen as a strategic mistake.

“In the today meeting, Amir Abdollahian elaborated on the latest developments in Yemen and termed the Saudi act as a strategic mistake,” Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told FNA, explaining about the Commission’s Sunday meeting with Amir Abdollahian.

Naqavi Hosseini said that also the members of the Commission condemned the Saudis’ illegal, anti-Islam and inhumane attacks on Yemen, and said even after over 20 days of continued Saudi-led airstrikes, Riyadh hasn’t been able to reach its goals.

According to the MP, the commission membes also underlined Iran’s all-out support for the oppressed Yemeni people as well as the need for the immediate dispatch of humanitarian aids to them.

In relevant remarks on Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the country deplored the Saudi attacks on Yemen, but it didn’t meddle with the domestic affairs of the regional states.

“Such allegations are not real since Iran hasn’t and will not interfere in other countries’ issues,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing Army officials and personnel on the occasion of the Army Day in Tehran.

“We feel hatred and disgust for those who attack the civilians, women and children and believe that they are not aware of Islam and human conscience, but we don’t meddle in other countries’ affairs,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei further lamented the ongoing incidents in Yemen, and said the US and other western states’ support for the aggressive state is an instance of those US and western policies that widen insecurity in the world, and said, “Unlike the powers that have no (self-) control, the Islamic Republic of Iran sees security as God’s most important grace and stands to safeguard and defend the security of its own and of others.”

Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks came as Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 26 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 2,700 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.

Also on April 9, Ayatollah Khamenei warned the Saudi rulers that continuing the war against the Muslim people of Yemen would entail dire consequences for them.

“The Saudis will definitely be struck back in this issue and their nose will be rubbed against the ground (they will be defeated),” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a large number of Iranians in Tehran.

“This action (of the Saudis) is not acceptable in the region and I warn that they will certainly lose interests,” he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that the Saudis used to show more self-restraint and sobriety in their foreign policy, but now the affairs in the Arab country were controlled by a number of inexperienced young people who wanted to show savagery instead of patience and self-restraint, warning that the present trend of policy in Riyadh would certainly harm the Saudi officials.

By Fars News Agency