Call for Halt to Saudi Assault on Yemen

Call for Halt to Saudi Assault on YemenCall for Halt to Saudi Assault on Yemen

In separate phone calls with his Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese, and Algerian counterparts on Monday, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani discussed major regional developments, especially concerning the crisis in Yemen, ISNA reported. In a conversation with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, he criticized Saudi Arabia, as a Muslim country, for attacking another Muslim state while the region has been suffering from terrorist attacks by different extremist groups for long.   

"The wrong approach taken by Saudi Arabia in dealing with the Yemeni issue will bring about horrible consequences to the region and even Saudi Arabia itself," he noted. Larijani also called his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Jihad al-Laham, criticizing the Saudis for using their power to fight a poor Muslim country instead of confronting the enemies of Islam, including the occupying Zionist regime. "Such an approach results in nothing but to bringing joy to the real enemies of Islam," he asserted.

In another conversation with Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Larijani called on Muslim nations to take immediate measures to stop the Saudi airstrikes and killing of the innocent Yemeni people. "Only once the aggression is stopped it will be possible to bring peace back to the Arab country through holding national dialogue."

"The Saudi measure will cause irreparable damages to the unity of the Muslim world," Larijani noted in a phone call to his Algerian counterpart Mohamed al-Arab Weld Khalifa.

The Majlis speaker called for an immediate initiative to end Saudi raids and to declare a ceasefire in Yemen in an effort to stop the killing of innocent citizens. Larijani's counterparts, for their parts, appreciated the proposals put forth by the Iranian speaker, and backed Iran's "humanitarian" stance on the necessity to end the Yemen conflict as well as establish national dialogue.

Meanwhile, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei criticized the Saudi airstrikes on Yemen, describing the move as "inhumane".

Ali Akbar Velayati said the Saudi regime will face the consequences of its aggression against the Arab country.  "No international, Islamic, or humanitarian principle approves of the cruel killing of the oppressed and defenseless people," he told reporters on Tuesday.