In a post on Twitter on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Zarif hailed the “fruitful talks” he held earlier in the day with the UN Secretary-General’s special representatives for Afghanistan and Yemen, Jean Arnault and Martin Griffiths, respectively, according to Tasnim News Agency.
The top Iranian diplomat said the key theme in the talks with UN officials was the fact that the “peace processes must be owned by all Afghans and Yemenis—without external imposition”.
“Important common denominator: Iran seeks regional peace and stability. Ready to facilitate,” Zarif underscored.
In the meeting with Griffiths, 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, according to IRNA.
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 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.
In talks with Arnault on Tuesday, the Iranian foreign minister elaborated on Tehran’s views about peace and security in Afghanistan and the process of peace under the control of Afghan people and reaffirmed Iran’s support for the intra-Afghan negotiations and for the protection of what the Afghan nation has achieved in recent years, particularly the basic rights of people.