Iran, Houthis discuss political, humanitarian situation in Yemen

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-13 23:53:59|Editor: yan
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TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iran and Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement held talks on the recent development in Yemen, Press TV reported on Tuesday.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian foreign minister's special assistant for political affairs, met with Mohammad Abdulsalam, the Ansarullah's spokesperson, in the capital Tehran.

Abdulsalam briefed the current political situation and recent conflict developments in Yemen.

The two sides also explored ways of providing humanitarian aid for the Yemeni who have suffered the conflicts since March 2015.

Abdulsalam arrived in Tehran on Saturday and held talks with the Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

During the meeting, Zarif stressed the need for an immediate stop to the war and bombing of Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition.

Given the human catastrophe in Yemen, there was a necessity for the international community to send humanitarian assistance to Yemen immediately, he said.

Zarif underlined the need for what he called an urgent end to the bombardment and siege of the country.

Last week, Ali Akbar Velayati, an international adviser to Iran's supreme leader said that Yemen war could be a "quagmire" for Saudi Arabia.

Saudi's involvement in the war in Yemen could lead to the same catastrophe that the U.S. government experienced in Vietnam.

The Saudi-led coalition has intervened in the Yemeni conflict since March 2015 to roll back the Shiite Houthi rebels and support President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was forced into exile by the Houthis.

The war has killed over 10,000 Yemenis and displaced 3 million people, creating one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.