Tehran’s Backing for Yemen Council Hailed

Tehran’s Backing for Yemen Council Hailed
Tehran’s Backing for Yemen Council Hailed

Yemen praised Iran for endorsing the establishment of its Higher Political Council, describing the formation of the council as a major step toward restoration of peace in the Arab country.

Speaking to Tasnim News Agency in an interview published on Tuesday, Mohammad Abdul-Salam, spokesman for the Ansarullah movement and chief negotiator in the UN-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait, said he held a meeting with Iran's ambassador in Sana'a and the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Persian Gulf Bureau to talk about the region's latest political developments.

The senior Yemeni official noted that he has thanked the Islamic Republic for acknowledging a recent national compromise in Yemen and formation of the Higher Political Council, which he hailed as a milestone in achieving peace and relieving the pains of Yemenis.

Abdul-Salam also stressed the need for a political solution to the conflicts in Yemen through political approaches, calling for efforts to organize "national institutions" to address the humanitarian and economic challenges caused by enemies and their mercenaries.

A couple of days ago, Yemeni people took to streets in the capital in large numbers to support the council formed after peace talks with the Saudi-backed side broke down. The decision to establish the council was made by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party in late July.

It was formally launched on August 6 when the Houthis and Saleh's faction announced that they both had an equal share in the 10-member body.

Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been launching airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement since March 2015 in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive president Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Nearly 9,400 Yemenis, including 4,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.