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Iran welcomes any initiative aimed at full removal of siege, political settlement of Yemen crisis: FM spokesman

People stand at the site of Saudi-led airstrikes in Sana’a, Yemen, on January 18, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

A senior Iranian official has welcomed a two-month nationwide truce between the warring sides in Yemen’s seven-year conflict, stressing that the Islamic Republic welcomes any initiative aimed at the complete removal of the cruel siege against the impoverished country and political settlement of the crisis.

“Tehran seeks to make the voice of the Yemeni nation heard across the world through the United Nations and its partners in the region,” the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, told Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Monday.

He added, “We welcome the ceasefire in Yemen and creation of the atmosphere for the complete lifting of the siege and the realization of a political settlement.”

Also on Monday, Iranian lawmakers condemned the Saudi-led devastating war on Yemen, expressing their support for brave resistance of Yemenis in the face of the aggression.

The 234 lawmakers said in a statement that as the atrocious war in Yemen enters its eighth year, "we condemn this blatant aggression and call for an end to military strikes, the killing of the oppressed Yemeni people, and the lifting of the blockade on the country."

The Iranian lawmakers also expressed their support for the "brave resistance" of Ansarullah movement and the resilient Yemeni nation.

UN special envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg announced the ceasefire on Friday, saying the two-month truce would come into effect on Saturday at 07:00 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) on Saturday and could be renewed with consent of the parties, Reuters reported.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the truce "must be a first step to ending Yemen’s devastating war," urging the concerned parties to build on the opportunity to "resume an inclusive and comprehensive Yemeni political process."

The deal stipulates halting offensive military operations, including cross-border attacks, and allowing fuel-laden ships to enter Yemen’s lifeline al-Hudaydah port and commercial flights in and out of the airport in the capital Sana’a "to predetermined destinations in the region."

Grundberg said the Saudi-led coalition responded positively to the truce proposal.

On Friday, Ansarullah spokesman and chief negotiator, Mohammed Abdel-Salam, welcomed the truce in a Twitter post.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of Yemen's Supreme Political Council, also said on Twitter that the truce’s “credibility would be in implementation.”

Saudi Arabia launched the devastating war against Yemen in March 2015 in collaboration with a number of its allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and several Western states.

The objective was to bring back to power the former Riyadh-backed regime and crush Ansarullah resistance movement, which has been running state affairs in the absence of an effective government in Yemen.

The war has stopped well short of all of its goals, despite killing hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and turning the entire country into the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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