Iranian Deputy FM in Russia to Discuss Regional Issues
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian left Tehran for the Russian capital of Moscow to hold talks on the latest developments in the Middle East region, war-stricken Yemen in particular.
Amir Abdollahian is scheduled to meet with Russian President's Special Representative for Africa and the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov on Monday and exchange views on efforts to help end the Saudi onslaughts against Yemen.
The two deputy foreign ministers plan to focus on ways to help resolve the Yemeni crisis through political means.
Amir Abdollahian and Bogdanov will also discuss the latest developments in Syria, Iraq and Bahrain as well as efforts to combat terrorism in the region.
In a telephone conversation earlier on Friday, the two diplomats had decried the continued massacre of defenseless people in Yemen and expressed support for the United Nations’ efforts to send humanitarian assistance to the Arabian Peninsula country.
In the talks, Abdollahian and Bogdanov emphasized that the UN-brokered peace talks on Yemen is not a sufficient move and the Saudi-led military attacks should also be halted.
The UN announced May 20 that the peace talks will begin in Geneva on May 28.
On March 26, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies began to launch deadly air strikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
According to Yemen's Freedom House Foundation, the Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Yemeni people so far while more than 7,000 others have been wounded, most of them civilians.