- The meeting discussed the political developments and the situation in the war-torn country.
- At the end of the meeting, the parties emphasized the need to stop the war as soon as possible and to use a political solution as the "final way out of the crisis."
- Iran has always insisted that it "has not interfered in Yemen's affairs" and, on the contrary, "is working to resolve the crisis in Yemen."
A meeting of Iran, representatives of Yemen’s Ansarollah and ambassadors of four European countries were held in Tehran to find solutions to the Yemen crisis in Tehran. The meeting discussed the political developments and the situation in the war-torn country.
Iranian media reported on Saturday (August 17th) a trilateral joint meeting attended by representatives of the Islamic Republic, a delegation from the Yemeni Ansarollah movement (Houthis) and ambassadors of four EU member states, Germany, Britain, France and Italy.
The delegation was headed by Ali Asghar Khaji, Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Yemen’s Ansarullah group was represented by Mohammed Abdul Salam, a spokesman for the group.
At the meeting, delegates discussed the political developments and living conditions in the war-torn country, and called for the provision of facilities to speed up the process of sending medical aid to its people.
Thousands of people have been killed and injured in the Yemeni crisis, and fierce clashes between hostile forces. The humanitarian situation in this country has been reported as catastrophic.
The continuation of the Yemen crisis has devastated residential buildings, and displaced millions of people. Starvation and food shortages are rampant in the war zones. The United Nations has called it the “human disaster of the century” in Yemen.
At the end of the meeting, the parties emphasized the need to stop the war as soon as possible and to use a political solution as the “final way out of the crisis.” Iran has so far participated in five meetings with European countries to find a solution to the Yemen crisis.
The delegates at Saturday’s meeting in Tehran emphasized the need to implement the Stockholm Agreement, and fulfill the full commitments of the parties, calling it “an introduction to the final political resolution of the Yemeni crisis”.
The Stockholm agreement was signed by the UN presidency on December 13, 2018, and the parties agreed to provide the Yemeni people with assistance.
Iran has always insisted that it “has not interfered in Yemen’s affairs” and, on the contrary, “is working to resolve the crisis in Yemen.” A coalition of Arab countries has been accused of “preventing food and medicine from reaching the Yemeni people,” according to an Iranian media report.
European ambassadors negotiate with Houthi representatives
The British ambassador to Iran on Saturday announced in a tweet that ambassadors and representatives of four European countries are meeting with the Ansarollah movement in Tehran. According to ISNA, the British ambassador to Iran rated “important the political process and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.” In his message, Rob McCar thanked Iran for hosting the meeting. The tweet did not address the issue of talks with Houthi officials.
Iran’s efforts to hold the Yemen summit have been assessed as demonstrating its good understanding of European countries to resolve regional crises, and in particular, to find a solution to the Yemeni crisis in the face of continued sanctions against Iran.
EU member states have launched a special financial mechanism to facilitate trade and banking with Iran, but the Islamic Republic has increasingly expressed dissatisfaction with its implementation.
Houthi spokesman visits Khamenei
Ansarollah’s political delegation, who arrived in Tehran last week, had talks with the Islamic Republic’s leader, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and other Iranian officials.
On Tuesday, August 13, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic met with a spokesman for the Yemeni Ansarullah movement (Houthis) and his accompanying delegation. Mohammed Abdul Salam carried a letter from the Ansarullah leader to the leader of the Islamic Republic.
At the meeting, Khamenei emphasized Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates’ efforts to break up Yemen, and called for the Ansarullah movement to continue confronting it. “The Saudis, the Emirates and their supporters have committed great crimes in Yemen and will certainly not succeed,” he said.
Khamenei had called on Ansarollah’s delegation to “stand firm against the Saudi and UAE plotting to dismantle Yemen”.
According to Tabnak Zarif, the meeting also called for an immediate end to the war and the siege of Yemen. Zarif emphasized in this connection that “the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the Yemeni dialogue and the full implementation of the Stockholm agreements”.
During the meetings, Iranian officials also stressed the readiness to send humanitarian aid to Yemen.
Yemen has been involved in a war between Shiite rebels and President Abdul Mansour Hadi’s supporters for years. This conflict is also called a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. While Saudi Arabia has a clear role in the Yemen conflict, it has taken the lead in the military coalition against the Houthis. Iran denies any involvement in the situation in Yemen.
The UN says at least 6,000 people have been killed in the Yemen war. The number of Yemeni refugees is estimated at around 3 million. The United Nations recognizes the parties involved in the Yemeni war, whether the Saudi-led military coalition or the Houthis and supporters of the Yemeni government, as violators of children’s rights.