Iran Calls for Continued Ceasefire, Full Removal of Siege on Yemen

Iran asked for continued ceasefire in Yemen and complete lifting of siege on the poor war-torn Arab country.

“Tehran seeks to make the voice of the Yemeni nation heard across the world through the United Nations and its partners in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in an interview with Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah tv on Monday.

“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,” he added.

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

They 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.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies — particularly the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — launched the brutal war against Yemen in March 2015. The war was meant to eliminate Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstall a former regime.

The conflict, accompanied by the tight siege, has failed to reach its goals, killing hundreds of thousands of Yemeni people. Under the siege, the Saudi-led coalition has been preventing much-needed fuel shipments from reaching Yemen.

According to the UN Office for Humanitarian Coordination (OCHA), more than 23 million, out of 31.9 million people in Yemen, face hunger, disease, and other life-threatening risks as the country’s basic services and economy are collapsing.

In recent months, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi have escalated their airstrikes across Yemen, and in response, have been targeted by the Yemeni forces in several retaliatory drone and missile attacks.

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.

The truce, however, was breached many times by the Saudi-led coalition.

FNA

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