Iran welcomes UN-brokered truce in Yemen
The ceasefire involves a halt to military operations for two months. Ships will also be allowed to carry food and fuel, and Sanaa airport will partially reopen.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh Khatibzadeh expressed hope that the move will be the prelude to the full lifting of the blockade on Yemen and a permanent ceasefire in order to find a political solution. to the country’s crisis.
He reaffirmed Iran’s policy of supporting a political and humanitarian solution in Yemen, saying: “We hope that on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, humanitarian issues will be prioritized, the ceasefire will hold and we will see an improvement in the humanitarian situation. and an exchange of prisoners between the warring parties.
Khatibzadeh also expressed hope that all this can pave the way for the beginning of a political initiative to resolve the crisis in Yemen.
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 war was aimed at eliminating the grassroots Houthi Ansarullah movement from Yemen and reinstalling a old regime.
However, the conflict, accompanied by a close siege, did not achieve its objectives.
Instead, he killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis.
The Saudi-led coalition has blocked fuel shipments from reaching Yemen, while looting the impoverished nation’s resources.
According to the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Coordination (OCHA), more than 23 million out of 31.9 million people in Yemen face hunger, disease and other life-threatening risks as basic services and the country’s economy is collapsing.