Monday, 21 August 2017
UNITED NATIONS — Yemen’s foreign minister is blaming Iran and its support for Houthi Shiite rebels for causing the country’s civil war and says it can’t be part of the solution.
Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi said at a news conference Monday that Iranian weapons are still being smuggled into Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s U.N. ambassador, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, had a more direct message: “Iran should get the hell out of the area period.” Saudi Arabia supports Yemen’s internationally recognized government,
Saudi and Yemeni officials spoke to reporters after a presentation to U.N. diplomats on the path to peace and humanitarian aid to Yemen.
Yemen has been engulfed in civil war since September 2014, when Houthi rebels swept into the capital and overthrew the government. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began a campaign against Houthi forces.