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Iran, Russia call for halt to Saudi aggression against Yemen

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) and Russian deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov

An Iranian deputy foreign minister and his Russian counterpart have called for a halt to Saudi Arabia’s onslaught on Yemen so that humanitarian aid could be sent to the war-torn country.

In a phone conversation on Tuesday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov  also stressed the need for a political solution in Yemen.

They also expressed their concerns over a surge of terrorist activity in the Arab country.

Both diplomats went on to reaffirm their countries’ mutual support for negotiations among all concerned parties in the Yemen conflict at a location accepted by those involved in the crisis.

Saudi Arabia is continuing its brutal airstrikes against Yemen despite the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the impoverished country.

Riyadh launched its military aggression against its impoverished neighbor on March 26 - without a United Nations mandate - in a bid to undermine Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the country’s fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Saudis.

Saudi Arabia has also been blocking aid to Yemen.

Last month, it prevented two Iranian civilian planes from delivering medical aid and foodstuff to the Yemeni people.


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