Yemeni Crisis Has Political Solution Only, Iranian MP Reiterates
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The critical situation in Yemen can only be settled through political means, a senior Iranian lawmaker stressed.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that Yemen's crisis, like that of Syria, would be resolved only politically," Head of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Saturday.
He made the remark in a meeting with Elmar Brok, the chairman of the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Foreign Affairs who is on a visit to Iran at the head of an 8-strong EP delegation.
The Iranian parliamentarian also deplored the silence of the world community over the Saudi airstrikes against Yemen.
Saudi Arabia has been conducting military strikes against Yemen since March 26 without a UN mandate. Approximately 2,000 people have been killed as a result of the conflict in the Arab country since March 19, according to the UN.
Boroujerdi further referred to the spread of terrorism in the region and world, and said it is upon all of those in the world who believe in fighting terrorism to cooperate for tackling this ominous phenomenon.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the senior lawmaker called for the enhancement of political and parliamentary ties between Iran and the EU.
Brok, for his part, voiced the European Parliament's willingness to develop cooperation with the Islamic Republic in political, economic and parliamentary fields.
He also touched on the issue of terrorism and said cooperation among all countries is necessary for uprooting this global threat.
Brok further referred to the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, expressing support for the Lausanne Statement, and called for continuation of the talks until a final agreement is secured.
He went on to say that European companies are impatient for an agreement on Iran's nuclear case and the termination of anti-Iran sanctions.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) have held several rounds of talks in recent months to hammer out a lasting accord that would end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran's civilian nuclear program.
On April 2, the two sides reached a framework nuclear agreement in Lausanne, Switzerland, with both sides committed to push for a final deal until the end of June.