0709 GMT February 16, 2019
In a meeting in Tehran with a special aide to Iran's Parliament speaker, the Swiss diplomat said her country acknowledges Iran’s role in regional peace, praising the part played by the Islamic Republic in termination of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Voicing concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, Baeriswyl said Switzerland hopes to find a way to end the crisis in Yemen with a negotiated solution with the help of other countries, including Iran.
She then pointed to the efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal in the wake of the US withdrawal from the multilateral agreement, saying Switzerland, the European Union and the three European parties to the JCPOA insist on saving the accord.
For his part, the Iranian adviser, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s call for political settlement of the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, saying the military intervention of the US and its allies has upset security and stability in the region.
He also condemned the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen and the consequent humanitarian crisis, regretting that the offensive and systematic violation of human rights in the Arab country have been met with a muted response from the West and the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi movement in an attempt to restore power to former president Abd Rabbouh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Since June 13, warplanes and warships of Saudi-led coalition have been pounding Yemen’s Hodeidah to seize the strategic port, which is controlled by Houthi fighters.
The port is the main route for essential goods into Yemen, where 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and 8.4 million face starvation, according to the United Nations, which says the figure could reach 10 million by the yearend.
Aid agencies have said the battle may exacerbate an already catastrophic humanitarian situation.
The UN has warned that in a worst-case scenario, the battle could cost up to 250,000 lives and cut off aid supplies to millions of people.