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Spokeswoman: Iran Always Supports Unity, Stability in Yemen

Politics - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham rejected claims on the country's interference in Yemen's internal affairs, and reiterated Tehran's support for unity and stability in the Arab state.

"The foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been based on wisdom, moderation, interaction with other countries, non-interference in their internal affairs, campaign against violence, extremism, terrorism and sectarianism and supporting legitimate and peaceful demands," Afkham said on Sunday.

Stressing that Iran has always sought the best for Yemen and supported unity, stability and tranquility in the country, she said, "Continued consultation and partnership of all political and social parties, groups and streams in the country's political process and vigilance of the understanding people of Yemen will bring security and stability back to the country."

The statement came after AFP and some Arab media outlets quoted the Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi as urging Iran on Saturday to be "reasonable" in dealing with Yemen.

"Iran should be reasonable and logical in dealing with the Yemeni people," Hadi said was quoted by AFP as saying.

The report said he had called on Tehran to "deal with the Yemeni people as one entity, and not to deal with groups or sects".

People in Yemen have held daily protests across the country over the past weeks, protesting at the fuel prices and demanding the government step down.

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

The Yemeni army and security forces have on numerous occasions used force against the protests. But the crackdown has so far 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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