Yemen rejects Iran security offer
The government of Yemen has declined an offer from Iran to help “restore security” and mediate an end to years of fighting with Houthi fighters, saying the conflict is internal and should be handled only by its own government.
Despite that declaration, Saudi Arabian forces have been allowed to keep up their attacks on Houthi positions.
Manouchehr Mottaki, Iran’s foreign minister, made the offer on Wednesday, a day after Tehran warned Middle Eastern governments against interfering in Yemen’s affairs.
“Iran is prepared to co-operate with the government of Yemen and other nations in order to restore security” he said.
He said that the fighting in north Yemen between government forces and the Houthis, who are from the Zaidi sect of Shia Islam, can be resolved by “collective efforts”.
“It can restore security, peace and tranquillity among the people of Yemen and the whole region.
“Any measure in contrast of such approach will serve the enemies of Islamic and Arab states. We believe that any approach other than this will not serve the interests of regional nations.”
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