Saudi attacks strengthen solidarity among Yemeni people: Shamkhani

Tehran, April 28, IRNA – Saudi airstrikes against the Yemeni people have strengthened solidarity among them, Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Allameh Tabatabaei University, he rejected Saudi claims about Iran’s interference in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s attempt to frighten the Yemeni people of Iran’s influence is because of their oldness and Cold War-style of thinking, Shamkhani added.

The official noted that Saudi airstrikes increased solidarity and national unity in Yemen

Iran was a pioneer in campaign against terrorism despite certain regional states’ support for this phenomenon, Shamkhani said.

He underlined that Saudi Arabian airstrikes on Yemen ran counter to all international rules and regulations but Saudis would fail to reach their goals.

Iranian navy fleets are present in the Gulf of Aden and their move towards Iran and their return to the region is based on their regularly scheduled program, Shamkhani underlined.

The official urged national solidarity and strengthening of economy, adding that Iran’s economy should not be ties to the outcome of nuclear talks.

He added that the negotiating team should focus on removal of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, US and Europe, rejecting the controversies on Iran fact sheet.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for more than a month to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

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 pounding residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

On Tuesday the monarchy declared end to Yemen airstrikes after four weeks of bombings, but airstrikes are still underway.