News ID: 320717
Published: 0335 GMT April 02, 2022

Iran hopes for political solution in Yemen after UN truce

Iran hopes for political solution in Yemen after UN truce
AP

International Desk

Iran on Saturday welcomed a UN-brokered cease-fire in Yemen, hoping that the initiative would pave the way for a political solution to the crisis in the war-stricken country.   

Iran hopes that “the move could be a prelude to the complete lifting of the siege and the establishment of a permanent cease-fire in order to find a political solution to the Yemeni crisis,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement, referring to an air and sea blockade imposed by a Saudi-led military coalition.

Khatibzadeh also expressed optimism that during the truce the humanitarian situation in Yemen would be improved and all prisoners of war would be swapped.

UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg said on Friday that Yemen's warring parties agreed to a two-month cease-fire starting Saturday and to allow fuel ships to enter Hodeida port and select flights from Sana’a airport.

“The parties accepted to halt all offensive military air, ground and maritime operations inside Yemen and across its borders [and] they also agreed for fuel ships to enter Hodeida port and commercial flights to operate in and out of Sana’a airport to predetermined destinations in the region,” he said.

Grundberg said the nationwide ceasefire, coming into force ahead of the fasting month of Ramadan, could be renewed with the consent of the warring sides.

“The aim of this truce is to give Yemenis a necessary break from violence, relief from the humanitarian suffering and most importantly hope that an end to this conflict is possible,” he added.

Saudi Arabia launched a military aggression against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies to restore a former friendly government and oust the Ansarullah movement.

The devastating war and the crippling siege have killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turned the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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