Iranian President Warns Saudi Arabia: Airstike Campaign in Yemen Is Mistake
Iranian “moderate” President Abed Mansour Hadi warned Saudi Arabia and its allies that their airstrike campaign in Yemen is a “mistake.”
Iran’s president on Thursday warned Saudi Arabia and its allies that their campaign of airstrikes in Yemen is a “mistake” and called for a halt to the strikes targeting the Iran-backed Shia rebels who have seized much of the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
For two weeks now, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to stop the power grab by the Houthi rebels, whose advance has forced Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country. Both Tehran and the rebels deny that Iran is arming them.
The airstrikes against the Houthis and their allies, including loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have also failed to stop the rebels’ advance on Aden, Yemen’s second-largest city, which was declared a provisional capital by Hadi before he fled to Saudi Arabia.
In his speech in Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged for a ceasefire in Yemen to allow for broad-based talks on resolving the crisis.
“To the countries in the region, I say, let’s adopt the spirit of brotherhood, let’s respect each other and other nations. A nation does not give in through bombing,” said Rouhani. “Do not kill innocent children. Let’s think about an end to the war, about ceasefire and humanitarian assistance to the suffering people of Yemen.”
He said a campaign of airstrikes and bombardment is “wrong,” citing examples of Syria and Iraq, where a U.S.-led coalition is targeting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.