1105 GMT March 22, 2019
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Stockholm talks are Yemeni-Yemeni in essence, adding since the beginning of the crisis in the Arab state, Iran has always stressed the necessity of holding Yemeni-Yemeni dialogues free from foreign interference.
Bahram Qassemi made the remarks in response to claims by some foreign media alleging that the Islamic Republic had suggested that a delegation from Iran attend the Yemen talks in the Swedish capital, IRNA reported.
He added that since the very beginning of the eruption of the crisis in Yemen, Iran has voiced complete and explicit support for efforts by the United Nations to work out an effective and appropriate political solution to the humanitarian catastrophe.
Qassemi noted that such a stance by Iran on the issue comes as, by adopting biased, destructive and unbalanced policies, the US has practically granted a permit for waging an inhumane and damaging war against the people of Yemen and has contributed to the continuation of one of the biggest human catastrophes by providing the aggressors with financial, political and arms support.
Qassemi said the Islamic Republic of Iran is optimistic that by adopting an independent and peaceful stance within the framework of their national Yemeni-Yemeni talks, the Yemeni sides would prevent foreigners, who have excessive demands and are warmongers, from meddling in the country’s internal affairs, to put an end to the pain and agony of the innocent and oppressed people of the country.
Leading a coalition of its allies, including the UAE and Sudan, Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to reinstall former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who had resigned amid popular discontent and fled to Riyadh.
The imposed war initially consisted of an airstrike campaign but was later coupled with a naval blockade and the deployment of ground mercenaries to Yemen.
Since the onset of the aggression, the Yemeni Army, backed by fighters from Ansarullah movement, has been defending the impoverished nation against the invaders. The coalition is also resolute to crush the movement as another goal in its war on Yemen, which is teetering on the edge of famine.
Following numerous rounds of unsuccessful talks during nearly four years, on December 6, the newest round of negotiations, mediated by UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths, began between the Houthi Ansarullah movement’s negotiating team and the former government in Rimbo, near Stockholm, Sweden.