Iran’s Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani says the Saudi aggression against Yemen will be to the detriment of the Muslim world, calling for an immediate end to the military campaign.
Larijani made the call during separate telephone conversations with his counterparts from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Algeria on Monday. During the conversations, the sides discussed key regional issues, especially the crisis in Yemen.
During a telephone conversation with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Larijani said the Middle East has long been the target of terrorist activities by different extremist groups and has suffered from a range of conflicts, and the military attack by a Muslim country against another Muslim state only complicates the situation.
Larijani also told his Syrian counterpart Mohammad Jihad al-Laham that, as a Muslim country, Saudi Arabia should use its power and strength in confronting the enemies of Islam instead of attacking an impoverished Muslim country.
In his telephone conversation with Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Larijani underlined the necessity for immediate measures by Islamic countries to halt the killing of the innocent people of Yemen.
He also called on Muslim states to take action and pave the way for a national dialog in order to restore tranquility to Yemen.
In a telephone conversation with his Algerian counterpart Mohamed al-Arabi Ould Khalifa, Larijani called for a ceasefire and an immediate end to the bloodshed in Yemen.
Larijani’s counterparts, in part, underscored the need for an end to Yemen’s crisis as well as the creation of a suitable atmosphere for holding national dialogue among all parties involved in the conflict.
Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen, which is being carried out without a United Nations mandate, has claimed the lives of almost 2,600 people.
Yemen has been under Saudi airstrikes since March 26, in a campaign aimed at restoring power to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
On Monday, Colonel Sharaf Luqman, the spokesman for Yemen’s armed forces and popular committees, said that civilians and Yemeni infrastructure have been the target of the Saudi aggression.