Tehran, UN Discuss Aid to Yemen

Tehran, UN Discuss Aid to YemenTehran, UN Discuss Aid to Yemen

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos held consultations about sending humanitarian aid to the war-affected Yemeni people in a telephone conversation on Sunday.

According to a foreign ministry press release sent to Financial Tribune, Amir Abdollahian strongly denounced the continuation of the Saudi assault against Yemen, especially the strikes on facilities, infrastructures and civilians in the Yemeni governorates of Saada and Amran, describing the attacks as a "gross violation of international law and human rights."

The strikes, according to the official, have led to the destruction of the airports which had been prepared to receive the relief aid dispatched by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent as well as other international relief agencies.    

Amir Abdollahian also called on the UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to immediately visit the war-ravaged country and take the measures necessary to halt the military attacks in an effort to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe from happening.  

He expressed Islamic Republic's readiness to have full cooperation with the UN relief program for the immediate dispatch of fuel and oil products, foodstuff and pharmaceuticals to the crisis-hit country.

The shipments, he said, will be delivered to Yemen either directly or via Djibouti.

The Islamic Republic, the deputy foreign minister said, is ready to dispatch medical teams to Yemen, construct field hospitals in Sana'a, Aden and Saada and other designated governorates by the UN and also transfer wounded Yemeni citizens to Iran for treatment.  

"Iran will allocate two transport aircraft and three ships to accelerate the UN relief program," he noted.

Amos, for her part, appreciated the efforts by the Islamic Republic to help the Yemeni people and send aid to the Arab country and said the UN has a comprehensive plan to help the Yemeni nation.  

"Professional organizations and working groups have been set up to facilitate the dispatch of aid to Yemen," she said, adding that the Islamic Republic's assistance will be included as part of UN relief effort.