Iran has welcomed a landmark peace deal in Yemen, which ended weeks of protests demanding change.
“Iran has always been a well-wisher for Yemen and supported unity, stability and peace in the country,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said on Monday.
She added that the agreement was reached as a result of the Yemeni people’s vigilance as well as the self-restraint of the government as well as political and social groups in the course of recent protests.
“The continuation of consultation and participation of all the elite, parties, groups and political and social currents in the political process and the full implementation of the accord will restore security and stability to the country,” Afkham pointed out.
On Sunday, the Yemeni government and Ansarullah fighters of the Shia Houthi movement agreed on a UN-brokered ceasefire after the revolutionaries seized key government buildings.
The agreement was reached after intense talks between a delegation from the Ansarullah movement and government representatives in the capital, Sana’a.
Yemeni revolutionaries have been staging demonstrations in the capital for more than a month, demanding the formation of a new government. They say the government is corrupt and marginalizes the country’s Shia community.
The Houthi movement played a key role in the popular revolution that forced former dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
Saleh, who ruled Yemen for 33 years, stepped down in February 2012 under a US-backed power transfer deal in return for immunity, after a year of mass street demonstrations demanding his ouster.