News ID: 313721
Published: 0220 GMT June 08, 2021

Zarif stresses need for lifting Yemen blockade

Zarif stresses need for lifting Yemen blockade
IRNA

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd L) talks with United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths (2nd R) in a meeting in Tehran on June 8, 2021.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined the need for lifting the years-long blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition on the Yemeni people and facilitating the shipment of humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with visiting United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths on Tuesday in Tehran, IRNA reported.

He said Iran believes that the war is not a solution for Yemen’s crisis which will be over only through holding peaceful and political negotiations.   

During the Tuesday meeting, both sides discussed different dimensions of the Yemen’s crisis and ways to achieve peace and stability in the Arab country.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies – including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – launched a brutal war against Yemen in March 2015. The ongoing war was launched to eliminate Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and restore the Saudi-backed former regime of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power in Yemen, Press TV wrote.

The Saudi-led military aggression has left hundreds of thousands of Yemenis dead, and displaced millions of people. It has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories.

The coalition has for years imposed an all-out blockade on the impoverished country.

The siege includes the closure of Sana’a International Airport, which has made it impossible for food and medical supplies to reach the poor in the war-torn country.

The Saudi-led coalition has also been enforcing a tight naval blockade on Yemen, particularly on Hodeida, which acts as a lifeline for the impoverished nation, since August 2015, five months after it started the war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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