UK amb. to Iran calls for political settlement to end Yemeni crisis

Tehran Times – In a statement on Wednesday, Rob Macaire UK Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran announced that the country welcomes the upcoming talks in Stockholm, which offers a window of opportunity for both parties to make progress towards ending the conflict in Yemen through dialogue and negotiation.

As we have consistently made clear, there can be no military solution to the conflict. A political settlement is the only way to bring long-term stability, security and lasting peace to Yemen, Macaire said.

The humanitarian crisis and the suffering of Yemeni civilians is deeply concerning for the UK, he added, the halt in fighting in Hodeidah is a positive step in protecting civilians and building confidence among both sides. We must do all we can to support the parties in de-escalating and reducing tensions and creating a conducive environment for the talks.

Macaire noted that the regional countries have an important role to play in supporting these talks. We welcome international support for UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths. We will continue to encourage both sides of the conflict to engage constructively in the Stockholm talks, to bring this conflict to an end. We urge all those with influence in the region to do the same.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating military campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the aim of bringing the government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi back to power and crushing the country’s Houthi Ansarullah movement. Saudi-led campaign against Yemen has killed thousands of innocent civilians and reduced much of the Arab country’s critical infrastructure to rubble.

The call for an end to Yemen’s crisis by Western allies and sponsors of the Saudi regime is raised while they continue to sell arms to this regime.