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Iran Rejects Support for Certain Groups in Yemen as Media Speculations

Politics - Iran underlined support for the agreement between the government and the opposition groups in Yemen, and dismissed advocacy for certain Yemeni groups as media speculations.

"Iran supports the agreement in Yemen and hopes to witness further flourishing and development in the country through the two sides' commitment to the agreement," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

She rejected reports on Iran's support for a certain group in Yemen as "media speculation", and said, "Iran supports regional stability and security and such moves (the opposition-government agreement) in the region."

"We hope that such progressive views about settlement of problems will further grow and the current regional issues and crises move towards settlement through partnership and cooperation," Afkham said.

Also last week, the foreign ministry spokeswoman voiced Tehran's satisfaction in the positive trend of the settlement of recent disputes and appointment of Khaled Bahah as the new Prime Minister in Yemen.

Afkham further said that appointment of the new premier would guarantee full implementation of recent accord signed between the Yemeni president and representatives of the country's political and social parties.

Last week, the Yemen's president appointed the country's UN envoy as new prime minister, in a move welcomed by Houthi movement who control the capital.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi named Khaled Bahah as prime minister, just days after the Houthis rejected the appointment of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak.

In September, the Yemeni government and protesters signed a ceasefire deal after days of heavy-handed crackdown in the capital Sana'a.

The two sides agreed to ceasefire in Sana'a immediately, nominate a prime minister in a week, form a technocrat government within a month and decrease fuel prices, an official said on the condition of anonymity.

The deal empowers the revolutionaries, specially the Houthis, as it allows the movement to play an important role in forming a cabinet and determining the future control of the army.

The deal was signed hours after protesters took control of key government and army institutions, including prime minister's office, national TV station and 1st Armored Division.

Prime Minister Mohammed Basindawa resigned his position after people seized Northwestern areas of the capital.

The Houthi movement that played a key role in the popular uprising that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 was a part of the comprehensively popular protests.

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