Iran’s Advisory Help for Yemen to Continue: IRGC Chief
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari affirmed that Iran will keep providing Yemen’s Ansarullah movement with whatever advisory assistance it may need in the face of Saudi-led invasion.
In an address to the University of Tehran’s students on Monday, the top general said Iran has offered the necessary help for Yemen so far, and will continue to “do whatever it can in the advisory dimension”, because “the Ansarullah (movement) has gained a firm position in Yemen.”
His comments came against the backdrop of more than seven months of airstrikes against Yemen by a Saudi-led military coalition. Saudis and their Arab allies have been targeting the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to the fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Elsewhere in his comments, Major General Jafari reiterated Iran’s commitment to offering advisory assistance to the Syrian government and nation.
The general said Iran will keep backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has stood against Israel.
Lauding the Syrian president’s significant role in the axis of anti-Israeli resistance, the IRGC commander said Iran will agree to Assad's stepping down "only if the Syrian people chose it in elections.”
In comments earlier on Sunday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei also described the only way out of crisis in Syria as elections.
“The solution to the Syria issue is elections and to that effect, war and unrest should first end with a halt to military and financial aid to the dissidents, so that the Syrian people would elect anyone they want in a safe and calm atmosphere,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.