Tehran, 5 August 2022 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, received United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Affairs, Hans Grundberg, on Sunday to exchange views on the recent development in Yemen.

The Foreign Minister of Iran emphasized that the future of Yemen should be decided by their people. Moreover, the Minister added that Iran wants peace and security to be established in the country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran wants peace, stability, and security for the great nation of Yemen and believes that stability and security of this country have a direct impact on stability and security of the region and the Persian Gulf,” the Foreign Minister of Iran said.

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The Yemen Crisis

Yemen is in the center of the ancient Arab world. The civil war in Yemen erupted in 2014 when Houthi insurgents took control of Yemen’s capital and largest city Sana’a. Their demands were lowering fuel prices and a new government in power.

After several negotiations, the rebels seized the Presidential palace in January 2015. It made President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi resign from his position.

Furthermore, the intervention of regional powers in Yemen’s conflict further escalated the conflict. In 2017, the Southern Translational Council (STC), the separatist group seeking independence for southern Yemen, emerged.

At the end of 2021, the escalated conflict took a toll on civilian lives. According to UNCT’s annual report on Yemen 2021, the country is in the worst humanitarian crisis with nearly 80% or more than 20.7 million of its people needing humanitarian assistance and protection.

In addition to that, over four million people have been displaced, and 54 per cent of the population’s livelihoods have been destroyed, with 377,000 deaths, including 10,000 children. Moreover, 15.6 million people have fallen into extreme poverty.