Iran to Step Up Support for Yemen

Iran to Step Up Support for YemenIran to Step Up Support for Yemen

Iran has tried to do its best in helping Yemenis who are bearing the brunt of Saudi airstrikes and Tehran will bolster its support in future, a prominent official said.  

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior advisor to the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said in a meeting with a delegation of Yemeni scholars on Sunday that the Iranian nation hopes Yemenis will be able to uphold their fundamental rights violated by Saudis, IRNA reported.

Velayati said before striking Yemen late March, the Saudis were under the illusion of making Yemenis stop seeking a better life, but signs of Saudi failure were evident since the first days of the attacks.

"While nine months have passed since those days, Yemeni resistance against Saudi violence is admirable," he said.

Velayati, who is also the director of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research, said the outstanding leadership of Yemeni resistance and a sense of unity among Yemenis will guarantee their victory against the Saudi intervention.

On the prospect of a political solution for the crisis, the advisor said although the latest round of talks between Houthis and representatives of Saudi-supported fugitive former president Abd-Rabbuh Mansour Hadi failed because of the latter's unconstructive approach, the realities would compel them to come back to the table and recognize the rights of Yemeni people.

Six-day talks, opened on December 15 between a delegation representing the Houthi Ansarullah movement and representatives of Mansour Hadi, ended without a comprehensive agreement to secure a complete ceasefire and put an end to the sufferings of civilians.

Shamsedin Mohammad Sharafedin, the head of the Houthi delegation, said while Saudis are slaughtering Yemenis, whose only crime is defending human values, the global community, Arab states and the human rights organizations are bystanders.

"This is while Yemen has never posed a threat to Arab and Muslim nations and it always welcomed friendly relations with all of them," he said.  

Until the international community helps lift the blockade on Yemeni people and stop their cruel acts toward the Arab country, Sharafedin said "We have no option but to fight for our honor."

Since the beginning of the airstrikes, more than 7,500 people have been killed and over 14,000 others injured. The Saudi war has also taken a heavy toll on the Arab country’s infrastructure.