Diplomat's Visit to Yemen Denied

Diplomat's Visit to Yemen Denied

Iran's Foreign Ministry rejected a Saudi daily's report that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Jaberi Ansari made a short trip to Yemen's capital of Sana'a earlier this week. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Thursday dismissed the report by Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, describing it as part of Saudi Arabia's attempts to cover up its successive defeats in the aggression against Yemen, Tasnim News Agency reported. "Saudi media outlets issue such false reports while all routes to Sana'a have been closed for a couple of months and the Saudi military forces do not allow even Yemeni nationals to travel to the city," he added. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been launching deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement to restore power to the ousted president Abd-Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. Nearly 10,000 Yemenis, including 4,000 women and children, have lost their lives in the deadly military campaign.

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