Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of the United Nations’ role in seeking a political solution for the crisis in Yemen.
Zarif made the comments during a meeting with UN special envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, in Tehran on Wednesday.
Tehran supports all the measures by the UN to resolve the conflict in Yemen and calls on all the Yemenis to make every effort to smooth over the situation in the country, the Iranian foreign minister noted.
“Months of aggression and military approaches have led to nothing but the destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure and the death and injury of the innocent people of the country,” Zarif added.
Following the meeting, the UN envoy maintained that the warring sides in Yemen have shown “very positive attitude” to discuss UN Security Council resolution 2216, which demands an end to the violence in Yemen.
Yemen has been witnessing Saudi airstrikes since March 26, when Riyadh started supporting former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi against the Houthi rebel movement.
The Saudi-led offence has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 7,500 people and injured nearly 14,000 others. The strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.