Iran Supports National Agreement in Yemen

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Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian voiced Iran’s support for a recent agreement between the Yemeni government and the revolutionaries in Yemen.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports a political agreement between Yemen’s president and protestors in that country,” Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday.

He further said that the Yemeni people and government would not allow the Takfiri terrorists to divert the path of people’s demands and political reconciliation to extremism and violence.

On Monday, the Iranian foreign ministry welcomed the agreement between the Yemeni government and protestors, and underlined Tehran’s support for unity and stability in the Muslim Arab country.

“This agreement is indebted to the Yemeni people’s wisdom and the self-restraint of the country’s government and political and social parties and streams in the trend of the recent protests,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

Stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always pursued goodwill in its ties with Yemen and supported unity, stability and security in that country, she said, “Continued consultations and partnership of all political and social elites, parties, groups and streams in the political process and complete implementation of this agreement will bring back security and stability to that country.”

The Yemeni government and protesters signed a ceasefire deal on Monday after days of heavy-handed crackdown in the capital Sana’a.

The two sides agreed to ceasefire in Sana’a immediately, nominate a prime minister in a week, form a technocrat government within a month and decrease fuel prices, an official said on the condition of anonymity.

The deal empowers the revolutionaries, specially the Houthis, as it allows the movement to play an important role in forming a cabinet and determining the future control of the army.

The deal was signed hours after protesters took control of key government and army institutions, including prime minister’s office, national TV station and 1st Armored Division.

Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa resigned his position on Sunday afternoon after people seized Northwestern areas of the capital.

Fighting in the capital had become so intense that, by Friday, international airlines suspended flights in and out of the nearby airport.

Yemeni troops stepped up their crackdown on anti-government protesters in the past one month. Scores of Yemeni people have been shot dead and tens of others wounded during the protests.

The latest round of unrest came as hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people from various tribes and faiths have been staging massive protests in Sana’a for the last several weeks to demand the dismissal of the government and the reversal of an earlier government decision to slash fuel subsidies.

They rejected Mansour Hadi’s initiative to form a new government and partially reduce fuel prices. The protesters said they would continue their mass rallies until all their demands are met.

The Yemeni army and security forces have on numerous occasions used force against the protestors. But the crackdown failed to stop the protests.

The Houthi movement that played a key role in the popular uprising that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 is now a part of the comprehensively popular protests.

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