Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian voiced concern over the critical situation in the region and the repercussions of the Saudi-led military attack against Yemen.
Speaking in an interview with state tv, Amir Abdollahian pointed to his meeting with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in the city of Jeddah in mid-June on the sidelines of session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Yemen, and said, “I told the Saudi minister that the Saudi aggression against Yemen is a “basic, serious and strategic mistake.”
Amir Abdollahian also reiterated Tehran’s call on Riyadh to “stop the aggression against Yemen as soon as possible” and end the blockade on the impoverished country.
He urged the Saudi regime to focus on UN-run dialogue between all Yemeni groups for the settlement of political disputes in the country.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 133 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 3,333 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.