28-03-2020 10:30 PM Jerusalem Timing

Iran Optimistic about Imminent Halt in Saudi Strikes on Yemen

Iran Optimistic about Imminent Halt in Saudi Strikes on Yemen

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian voiced optimism that the Saudi-led military strikes against Yemen would stop in coming hours.

AbdollahianIran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hussein Amir Abdollahian voiced optimism that the Saudi-led military strikes against Yemen would stop in coming hours.

"Following the efforts made, we are optimistic that the military strikes against Yemen come to a halt in coming hours," Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday.

"We are optimistic that we will witness different Yemeni groups gather around the negotiating table in the next few hours and endeavor to strengthen the political process in the country," he added.

His remarks came after Iran sent a 4-step Yemen peace initiative to the UN chief last week.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and demanded adoption of the necessary moves by the world body to put an immediate end to the bloodshed, describing the conditions on the ground in Yemen as "alarming".

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that all efforts, particularly those by the United Nations, should be guided, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and fundamental principles of international humanitarian law, by the following objectives: 1. Ceasefire and an immediate end to all foreign military attacks; 2. Unimpeded urgent humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen; 3. Resumption of Yemeni-lead and Yemeni-owned national dialogue, with the participation of the representatives of all political parties and social groups; 4. Establishment of an inclusive national unity government," Zarif said in his letter.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 27 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 2,795 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.

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.

Five Persian Gulf States -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait -- and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.