Senior Official Denies Detention of Iranian Officers in Yemen
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian categorically dismissed as "false" a report about the arrest of two Iranian military officers in Aden, Yemen, saying that Tehran has no military presence in the Arab country.
Local militiamen in the Yemeni city of Aden were quoted on Sunday as claiming that they have captured two Iranian military officers advising Houthis during fighting on Friday evening.
Amir Abdollahian, Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency on Sunday, totally rejected the claim, reiterating that Iran has no military forces in Yemen.
"Tehran lays emphasis on the security, peace, and stability of the region," he added.
Amir Abdollahian further criticized Riyadh over the aggression and once again urged for an immediate end to the attacks.
"Saudi Arabia is playing with regional security by invading Yemen," he underlined.
On March 26, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies began to militarily interfere in Yemen's internal affairs by launching deadly air strikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
The Saudi-led coalition, including military forces from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Egypt, Sudan, Bahrain, Morocco, Jordan, and Egypt, has killed 600 people, wounded 2,200 and displaced 100,000 others, according to a UN report.