TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ground Force Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan rapped certain states for pursuing wrong policies and creating instability and war in the region.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the wrong strategies and expansionist policies of certain states which assume themselves to be the representing the global community are of no help to the establishment of global and regional peace and stability, and their wrong policies will spark a new war in the region,” Pourdastan said, addressing foreign military attachés in Tehran on Monday night.
He referred to the war on Yemen as an instance of regional instability fomented by the western and certain regional states, and said, “The crisis in Yemen will have no other solution but reconciliation and internal negotiations.”
Pourdastan also underscored Iran’s policy of constructive cooperation and interaction with all countries based on mutual respect to settle all regional and international problems, and said unfortunately certain states which claim to be advocates of human rights do not want to see the settlement of problems.
In relevant remarks on Saturday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Isabel Bishop in Tehran warned that the western countries’ support for the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen would produce dire repercussions for international and regional security.
“Repeating the experience of Syria will result in instability in the region and increasing the threat of terrorist groups,” Shamkhani said.
He noted that the West’s indifference to Iran’s warnings against assistance to the terrorists in Syria resulted in the creation of ISIL and its spread to other regions.
Shamkhani blasted the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, and called for resolving the crisis through Iran’s four-step peace initiative which includes ceasefire and immediate halt to all foreign military attacks, dispatch of unimpeded urgent humanitarian and medical aid, resumption of national dialogue and establishment of an inclusive national unity government.
He underlined Iran’s firm will to confront wave of terrorism in the region, and said, “Despite unrealistic allegations and double-standards of some countries that claim support for fight against terrorism, Iran has paid the highest price for fighting terrorism on its path to create sustainable security in the region.”
Shamkhani pointed to the lack of the needed grounds for political and social participation in some Arab countries and suppression of the Youth in those countries as main causes of radicalism and terrorism, and said, “Without taking serious measures to uproot terrorism no one can be hopeful about curbing this dangerous movement.”
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 27 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 2,795 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.