Iran Backs UN Role to Settle Yemeni Crisis

Iran Backs UN Role to Settle Yemeni CrisisIran Backs UN Role to Settle Yemeni Crisis

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the role of the United Nations in finding a political solution to the crisis in Yemen by involving all Yemeni groups.

Zarif made the statement in a meeting with UN Special Envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed in Tehran on Wednesday, IRNA reported.  The chief diplomat denounced the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen, which started on March 26, saying that "months of aggression and military approach has resulted in nothing but the destruction of Yemen's infrastructure and the death and injury of innocents."

Cheikh Ahmed praised Iran's "useful and decisive" role in efforts to resolve the problem, adding that flexibility of participants in the political process is of top importance.

In a separate meeting on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Cheikh Ahmad discussed the preparations made for the new round of UN-brokered negotiations.  The UN envoy arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to discuss the latest measures prior to the second round of inter-Yemeni negotiations to be held in Geneva.

Amir-Abdollahian hoped that regional states help establish a sustainable peace in the Arab country.

Cheikh Ahmad said, "All domestic and foreign players in Yemen, after eight months of war, have found that there is no military solution, while the humanitarian crisis has reached dangerous levels."

He described the seven-point document known as the "Muscat principles" and the UN Resolution 2216 as the basis for the negotiations.

A seven-point plan put forth by Houthis and Yemen's General People's Congress in the Omani capital Muscat, in July. All major players have publicly agreed to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2216.