Convening Yemeni Parliament “Responsible, Wise”

Convening Yemeni Parliament “Responsible, Wise”Convening Yemeni Parliament “Responsible, Wise”

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman described as "responsible and wise" a recent decision in Yemen to resume parliamentary activities.

Bahram Qasemi said in a statement carried by IRNA on Sunday that the move will help fill political and legal gaps.

"While a foreign military aggression has massacred Yemen's people and destroyed infrastructures in the country, and the international community has failed to take effective measures to end the war and stop the bloodshed of civilians, the elected parliament of Yemen has acted responsibly and wisely to play its role in sensitive developments in Yemen," he said.

Qasemi referred to promotion of national solidarity and reliance on elected bodies as the best way to force aggressors to respect the will of the Yemeni nation and settle the conflict through peaceful means.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates what it has been saying since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, that war and violence cannot break the will of nations," he said.

"As soon as possible, an end should be put to this tragic conflict by engaging in dialogue and obeying the will of the Yemeni nation."

Yemen's Parliament held its first session since the outbreak of the conflict in the Arab country almost two years ago in the capital Sana'a on Saturday.

According to Yemen's al-Masira television, the parliamentarians voted in favor of the newly-formed "higher political council" to rule the country, ending the legitimacy of fugitive president Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

In a statement carried by Yemen's official Saba Net news agency, Hadi called the parliament session "illegal".

  Clear Message

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a foreign policy advisor to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, said on Sunday that reopening the Yemeni Parliament gave a clear message to the world that the Yemeni people and political leaders will protect their national territory through political means.

The advisor, also a former deputy foreign minister for Arab-African affairs, praised "the resistance of Yemenis against the foreign aggression" and said the crisis has only a political solution.

"Saudi Arabia should stop its useless attacks against the Yemeni people. The Islamic Republic of Iran supports any solution based on intra-Yemeni dialogue and without foreign interference," he said.

More than 15 months of conflict in Yemen have killed around 10,000 people while hundreds remain displaced across the country.

Most of the casualties have been caused by Saudi Arabia's relentless air campaign against Yemen, which started in March 2015 in support of Hadi.