Behind ceasefire in Yemen: Iran or US?

TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) – Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper has reviewed events behind the ceasefire in Yemen.

The report in Al-Akhbar attributed the ceasefire to pressures mounted by Iran and messages conveyed by European partners to the United States. The report also said that a specific sequence of events either in the battle field or behind the scenes and the diplomatic corridors brought the war machine of Saudi Arabia to a grinding halt in Yemen, when reportedly, Saudis had embarked on a two weeks of airstrikes in the already politically volatile southern neighbour.

The report obviously pointed to talks between Iran FM Javad Zarif and US Secretary of State John Kerry, who have been the leaders of two sides in nuclear negotiations, about Yemen; “with clear evidence that Saudi Arabia will definitely extend the scope of its air strikes against Yemen, Tehran communicated a message with European allies of the US which was intended to be delivered to the White House; the message was fairly straight forward: Iran would not tolerate Saudi adventurism with silence.

The message was conveyed to the US, highlighting that Saudi Arabia had gone too much in resorting to military action in Yemen, which killed many civilians. The message also conveyed the European countries’ own reservations about the ongoing nature of Saudi airstrikes.

The US, fearing Iran’s arming the major Huthi faction, Ansarollah, and sending warships to Yemeni coastal water, negotiated with Iran, who warned that it would not exercise self-restraint in dealing with Saudi violation of international conventions in Yemen.

The report pointed to Zarif and Kerry phone call on Tuesday morning where John Kerry had admitted to his counterpart that Washington would view the ongoing nature of the conflict not serving the security in the region, and that it would talk to Saudi Arabia on a ceasefire and political measures to calm down the situation in Yemen at least for short time.

Tehran was informed on the ceasefire shortly after the phone call; Saudi Arabia was under mounting pressure when its allies balked on the idea of further engagement in Yemen, thus effectively being forfeited of its leverage. As such, Riyadh was forced to reluctantly accept a ceasefire in Yemen.

By Mehr News Agency