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Iran’s Violations in Yemen on Table of Arab FMs Discussions

Iran’s Violations in Yemen on Table of Arab FMs Discussions

Friday, 17 November, 2017 - 09:45
Houthis man a checkpoint at the southern entrance to Sana’a November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Yemen’s foreign ministry has said that Iran’s violations and its meddling in Yemeni internal affairs - through providing funding and arms to Houthi militias - will be discussed by Arab foreign ministers during a meeting on Sunday.

Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Mansour Bijash told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mikhlafi’s speech at the meeting will tackle the Iranian meddling, missile attacks on Arab capitals, and Tehran’s role in southern Lebanon.

The Yemeni file will be thoroughly discussed during the Arab foreign ministers meeting as a result of the huge damage done to the country following Iran’s intervention that has led to war and the loss of the state and the nation.

According to Bijash, Arab countries should stand against Tehran’s meddling, which has targeted the region’s security and stability through its proxies in several countries, mainly Hezbollah in Lebanon and Houthis in Yemen, in addition to subversive groups in Bahrain.

The Arab foreign ministers should “make a real stand against Iranian intervention, stop the role of the Revolutionary Guards and remove its proxies from the Arab region,” the Yemeni official said.

Bijash told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Yemeni foreign minister and ministry of human rights have been documenting Iran’s support for Houthi militias, which are “beyond imagination.”

The two ministries are also monitoring all activities carried out by the insurgents under direct orders from Iran, he said.

Several Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, “are backing the Yemeni government’s international moves to clarify all the violations committed in Yemen in contravention of all international rules, mainly the killing of civilians and carrying out missile strikes,” Bijash added.

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