UN Envoy, Deputy FM Discuss Yemen

UN Envoy, Deputy FM Discuss Yemen UN Envoy, Deputy FM Discuss Yemen

The deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs conferred with the United Nation's special envoy to Yemen on the latest developments in the war-ravaged Arab country in a phone conversation on Monday.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian renewed Tehran's call for an immediate halt to the Saudi-led military attacks against the Yemeni nation, IRNA reported.

Pointing to the recent peace talks sponsored by the UN on the conflict in Yemen in Geneva, which ended on Friday without a breakthrough, the foreign ministry official said, "Although at this stage of negotiations, the UN failed to secure a ceasefire (in Yemen), it was expected that serious and urgent efforts would be made to establish green zones inside Yemen and designate some ports and airports for accelerating the dispatch of humanitarian aid."

Yemen's peace talks, mediated by the UN, started in Geneva on June 15 and closed on Friday without any significant progress toward peace. UN officials, however, are optimistic that the talks with resume soon with a view to bringing an end to the bloodshed in the impoverished country.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran supports efforts by the United Nations for sending humanitarian aid and holding genuine negotiations among Yemeni groups and parties, and believes that the crisis in Yemen can be resolved solely through political means and dialogue," Amir Abdollahian said.

The official expressed Tehran's readiness to provide more humanitarian assistant to the crisis-hit nation in coordination with the UN.

The UN envoy, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, described details of endeavors by the UN during the Geneva peace talks to secure an agreement among opposing Yemeni groups and said although the views of different factions are far apart, the UN still insists on holding talks.

Noting that there is no other solution but dialogue to the conflict in the Arab country, he said the UN will resume its efforts to bring the views of different groups closer to one another to help achieve a settlement.