Iran Rejects Arab League Statement, Urges End to Saudi Aggression on Yemen
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the final statement of a recent Arab League summit in Cairo, urging Saudi Arabia to stop its “savage aggression” against Yemen and push for negotiated solutions to regional conflicts.
In comments on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi rejected the Arab League summit’s final statement as a Saudi Arabian document “full of lies and distortion” issued in the name of the Arab League foreign ministers.
Instead of resorting to political pressures and issuing such “worthless statements”, Saudi Arabia should immediately end the savage aggression against Yemen, the spokesperson added.
He also urged the Riyadh regime to reverse the policy of pressure on its Arab neighbors, including Lebanon and Qatar, and stop the military campaign on Yemen to allow for negotiated peace in that country.
Highlighting Iran’s efforts for regional peace, Qassemi said such efforts have faced obstructive policies of Saudi Arabia that are based on fueling tensions.
The spokesman finally stressed the need for Saudi Arabia to stop following Israel’s policies and sponsoring terrorism.
It came after Saudi Arabia convened an Arab League summit in Egypt to discuss alleged violations committed by Iran.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its allies have launched a military campaign against Yemen to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Since then, more than 14,000 people have been killed and millions have been forced from their homes as a result of the attacks, while the country is also facing severe famine and a deadly cholera outbreak.