Breaking: Ansarullah spokesman: Iran not interfering in Yemen’s internal affairs
The Spokesman for Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement Mohammed Abdul-Salam said despite Saudi Arabia’s claims, Iran does not interfere in Yemen’s internal affairs and that missiles fired by Yemeni forces at Saudi targets operate on fuel produced inside the war-torn country.
He made the remarks in a Thursday interview with al-Mayadeen television network when asked about frequent allegations by the Riyadh regime that Iran’s interference is a reason for the prolongation of the war in Yemen.
“Iran does not interfere in Yemen’s affairs in any way, but it is them (the so-called Saudi-led coalition) that connect solution [of the Yemeni crisis] to Iran’s interference and let the West interfere in their decisions,” the Yemeni official said.
He added that reports prepared by Americans themselves show that Yemeni missiles’ fuel is produced in the country.
Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, particularly the United Arab Emirates (UAE), launched a war against Yemen in March 2015 to restore the government of former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, who resigned in 2014 and then fled to Riyadh.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the war has killed almost a quarter of a million Yemenis, caused outbreaks of disease, turned Yemen into the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and brought the poor Arab country to the verge of famine.
Referring to a recent so-called “peace plan” offered by the Saudi regime, Abdul-Salam said the invitation by Riyadh to hold dialog is irrational because it sounds as if Saudi Arabia is merely a neutral mediator.
“In addition, the [Saudi peace] plan vilifies Yemen’s revolutionary forces,” Abdul-Salam said, adding that the insults and threats incorporated in the plan make it unworthy of Yemenis’ attention.
The remarks came days after Riyadh presented a so-called peace initiative to end the war in Yemen, which was immediately dismissed as “nothing new” by the Ansarullah-led government in Sana’a.
Abdul-Salam explained that the plan was proposed while Yemen is still under the aggression and siege of the Saudi-led coalition, with the US and Britain being in a position of dominance over the developments.
He added that a British officer controls the entry and exit of ships into and out of the Red Sea, while Hadi’s team has no information about the arrival and departure of ships whatsoever.
Describing Riyadh’s plan as very superficial, the Yemeni official said the Saudis are not in a position to act as a mediator without backing away from their attacks against Yemen.
“Thousands of people in Yemen die because of the siege and lack of food and medicine,” he said, stressing that the Yemeni government cannot accept the Saudi-led siege of the West Asian country.