President Rouhani : War on Yemen Result of Saudi Failure in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that lack of balance in Saudi Arabia and the country’s continued failure in implementing its plots is pushing the region into growing instability.
“The destruction of infrastructures of a poor country (Yemen) and killing children, women and men has no other meaning but the fact that a country has lost its balance and no other interpretation can be envisaged for it,” Rouhani told reporters on Tuesday morning before leaving Tehran for Indonesia to participate in a summit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Asian-African Conference in Jakarta.
He said Riyadh has failed to materialize its wishes in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and North Africa, and is now trying to make up for these failures by bombing yet another country in the region.
Stressing that the world community should firmly condemn the Saudi-led attacks, Rouhani called for international support for Iran’s recent proposal to the UN to settle the crisis in Yemen.
Iran sent a 4-step Yemen peace initiative to the UN chief last week.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday, and demanded adoption of the necessary moves by the world body to put an immediate end to the bloodshed, describing the conditions on the ground in Yemen as “alarming”.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that all efforts, particularly those by the United Nations, should be guided, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and fundamental principles of international humanitarian law, by the following objectives: 1. Ceasefire and an immediate end to all foreign military attacks; 2. Unimpeded urgent humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen; 3. Resumption of Yemeni-lead and Yemeni-owned national dialogue, with the participation of the representatives of all political parties and social groups; 4. Establishment of an inclusive national unity government,” Zarif said in his letter.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 27 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed over 2,785 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. The attacks have also left thousands of people injured.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.