Switzerland Hails Iran’s Role in Regional Stability
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Swiss Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl highlighted Iran’s contribution to regional peace and stability, expressing the hope that her country, together with Iran and other countries, could help resolve the crisis in Yemen.
In a meeting in Tehran with a special aide to Iran's parliament speaker, the Swiss diplomat said her country acknowledges Iran’s role in regional peace, praising the part played by the Islamic Republic in termination of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq.
Voicing concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, Baeriswyl said Switzerland hopes to find a way to end the crisis in Yemen with a negotiated solution with the help of other countries, including Iran.
She then pointed to the efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal in the wake of the US withdrawal from the multilateral agreement, saying Switzerland, the European Union and the three European parties to the JCPOA insist on saving the accord.
For his part, the Iranian adviser, Hossein Amir Abdollahian reiterated the Islamic Republic’s call for the political settlement of the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, saying the military intervention of the US and its allies has upset security and stability in the region.
He also condemned the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen and the consequent humanitarian crisis, regretting that the offensive and systematic violation of human rights in the Arab country have been met with a muted response from the West and the self-proclaimed advocates of human rights.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.
Since June 13, the warplanes and warships of Saudi-led coalition have been pounding Yemen’s Hudaydah to seize the strategic port, which is controlled by the Houthi forces.
The port is the main route for essential goods into Yemen, where 22 million people are in need of humanitarian aid and 8.4 million face starvation, according to the United Nations, which says the figure could reach 10 million by year end.
Aid agencies have said the battle may exacerbate an already catastrophic humanitarian situation.
The UN has warned that in a worst-case scenario, the battle could cost up to 250,000 lives and cut off aid supplies to millions of people.