Tehran, 26 July 2022 (TDI): Senior Aide to Foreign Minister of Iran, Ali-Asghar Khaji, met with Italy’s Special Envoy for Yemen, Gianfranco Petruzzella. Both diplomats reviewed the latest developments in Yemen and the peace process in the country.

In this meeting, Khaji gave a briefing about Iran’s mediation and humanitarian efforts in ending the imposed war against Yemen. Khaji termed the people of Yemen as “defenseless” and “oppressed”, and said that Iran had a role in the ceasefire and peace of Yemen.

The Iranian diplomat further said, “Iran has always believed that the crisis in Yemen had no military solution”. He further stated that the crisis in Yemen should be resolved through intra-Yemeni political talks.

Khaji also emphasized the adoption of a pragmatic strategy to resolve the current crisis in Yemen. He expressed, “Now the time is ripe for the United Nations to decide to lift the economic blockade on the Yemeni people and strengthen the ceasefire”.

Khaji continued that any ceasefire or peace initiative that ends the suffering of Yemeni people has the support of Iran.

Both sides discussed the latest situation of ceasefire in Yemen along with emphasizing the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and especially humanitarian issues.

Yemen has been experiencing unrest as well as an armed conflict for many years. As a result, the country is going through a severe humanitarian crisis.

The United Nations (UN) has time and again urged all the parties involved to end the conflict for the sake of the innocent Yemeni people.

Iran-Yemen Ties

Iran and Yemen have had cordial relations since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Iran has an Embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, while Yemen has an Embassy in Iran’s capital, Tehran.