Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran welcomes “peaceful solutions” to a years-long war imposed by a Saudi-led military coalition on Yemen, stressing that the Islamic Republic supports any initiative to bring back prosperity to the impoverished country through dialogue.
In a Thursday tweet, Zarif also said in Arabic that Iran saw no point in the continuation of military intervention and crippling blockade against Yemen, Press TV reported.
“Iran does not see any point in the continuation of the war and siege in Yemen, welcomes peaceful solutions and encourages all parties to move forward in this regard, and supports initiatives that call for dialogue to restore prosperity to Yemen,” Iran’s top diplomat said in his tweet.
On Friday, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said there is a possibility of calming the situation in Yemen as a prelude to reaching a settlement in the four-year conflict, Saudi-owned channel Al-Arabiya quoted him as saying.
Saudi Arabia released at the end of November a group of Yemeni prisoners belonging to the Houthi resistance movement, a step that may support efforts to end a war that has killed tens of thousands and pushed millions to the brink of famine.
Iran has time and time again expressed its support for a Yemeni-Yemeni peace negotiation, as well as the full implementation of a UN-brokered agreement reached in the Swedish capital city of Stockholm in 2018.
Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and eliminating the Yemeni Houthi movement, whose fighters have been significantly helping Yemen’s Army in defending the country against invaders since the onset of war.
The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives ever since.
The Saudi-led war has also taken a heavy toll on Yemen’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. According to the United Nations, more than 24 million people are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.