News ID: 319705
Published: 0237 GMT January 28, 2022
Students hold rally in Tehran in protest of Riyadh aggression

Iran FM urges UN chief to help end Saudi war, siege against Yemen

Iran FM urges UN chief to help end Saudi war, siege against Yemen
A Yemeni man inspects the site of a prison destroyed in a Saudi-led airstrike against Sa’ada in northern Yemen on January 27, 2022.

Iran’s foreign minister called on the United Nations to play a more active role with regard to the situation in Yemen amid increasing Saudi and Emirati attacks on the war-ravaged country.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Thursday phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during which they also discussed other issues, such as the circumstances in Afghanistan, according to Press TV.

Amir-Abdollahian underlined Tehran’s consistent approach of supporting a political solution to end the war in Yemen.

Commenting on the UN’s responsibility to put an end to the Saudi war and siege against Yemen, which have been going on since March 2015, Amir-Abdollahian urged Guterres to help lift the all-out blockade and the Saudi-led military coalition’s extensive bombardments of civilian areas in Yemen.

Guterres appreciated the Islamic Republic’s stances in supporting a diplomatic process to reach peace and end the military aggression, as well as Tehran’s humanitarian concerns over the Yemen crisis.


Coalition assaults condemned


In Thursday comments on the same issue, the Iranian foreign minister’s senior aide for special political affairs, Ali Asghar Khaji, condemned the Saudi-led coalition’s relentless assaults against the Yemeni people, calling on the UN and all international humanitarian organizations to take immediate actions to put an end to the atrocities.

Making the remarks in a message addressing Hans Grundberg, the special envoy of the United Nations secretary-general for Yemen, Khaji denounced the massacre of the people of Yemen and the extensive bombardments of Yemeni cities, civilian sites, and infrastructure by the Saudi-led coalition.

He said the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal actions run counter to the recognized international law.

“The United Nations and all international humanitarian organizations are urged to take immediate action to stop these inhumane crimes,” the envoy added.

“Certainly, as the experience of the past seven years has shown, sanctions, military conflicts, and the killing of people cannot lead to the resolving of the Yemeni crisis,” he noted.

Khaji added the way out of the current situation is through lifting the all-out Saudi siege against the oppressed people of Yemen, stopping the military operations, and respecting the independence and sovereignty of the Yemeni people.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate and work in this direction as in the past,” he added.


Students rally


Iranian students gather outside the UN office in Tehran on January 27, 2022, protesting against Saudi aggression against Yemen.


In reaction to the Saudi-led coalition’s brutal airstrikes against Yemen over the past days, hundreds of Iranian students rallied on Thursday outside the UN office in Tehran to protest against the kingdom’s aggression of the country.

The protesters chanted slogans against Riyadh and its allies for their brutal acts against Yemeni people.

They, including students from the University of Tehran and Yemeni students living in Iran, condemned the international community’s silence on the Saudi aggression.

Saudi warplanes carried out over 50 airstrikes by against various districts in Yemen in just 24 hours, which killed more than 90 civilians.

Enjoying complete arms, logistical, and political backing from the United States, Saudi Arabia led many of its allies, chief among them the UAE, in a 2015-present invasion of Yemen. The war has been seeking to crush the popular Ansarullah resistance movement and reinstall the former Riyadh-friendly government.

The war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entirety of Yemen into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

However, the Ansarullah movement, which runs the National Salvation Government in Sana’a, has vowed not to lay down its arms until the country’s complete liberation from the scourge of the Saudi invasion.

Throughout the course of the Saudi war, Iran has voiced its support for the Yemeni people and denounced the war coalition countries’ crimes in Yemen.

On Tuesday, Iran deplored the loss of scores of lives in the recent Saudi-led aerial raid against Yemen, and called on the UN to use all available means to hold to account the perpetrators and sponsors of the criminal act.

More than 100 people were killed and over 260 others wounded last week when the U.S.-backed and Saudi-led war coalition launched an airstrike against a detention center in Yemen’s northwestern city of Sa’ada.

Tehran has time and again called for political solution for years-long Saudi Yemen war, stressing that siege and military strikes will not end the crisis in the war-torn Arab country.

Iran says it welcomes whatever initiative that could bring about an end to the seven-year-old Saudi war on the Arab country, and has backed initiatives that are based on political solutions for an end to the Saudi crippling blockade and devastating war.

According to Yemeni officials, since the beginning of January, attacks by the Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen have claimed the lives of at least 150 people.

In response, the Yemeni Army has conducted fresh rounds of retaliatory operations against Saudi Arabia and the UAE.



Resource: Press TV
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