Yemen’s Ambassador to Iran has lauded the Islamic Republic’s unflinching support for the impoverished Arab country over the years of the Saudi-led aggression, saying it was only Iran that stood by the Yemeni people in hard times.
Ibrahim Mohammad al-Deilami made the remarks in an interview with Iran’s Mehr news agency on Sunday. He talked about roles played by various countries in the war on Yemen.
“Most countries are accomplice in the Saudi-American aggression against our country, except for one country, which is the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Deilami said.
“Iran stood by the Yemeni people and staunchly supported them and presented the cause of Yemen with all sincerity in international forums, and the Yemenis saw nothing but help from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Stressing that the Islamic Republic has since day one called for ending the aggression, lifting the blockade, sending humanitarian aid to Yemen and not interfering in its internal affairs, the Ambassador said, “Iran stood and stands by the Yemeni people in different forms and at all levels. These are the firm and honest positions of Iran from the first day to this moment.”
Deilami categorically dismissed claims that Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement was following Iran and receiving weapons and military equipment from the Islamic Republic.
“In the face of this aggression, not only Ansarullah, but all Yemeni people from all sects, regions, tribes, parties and political forces participated. The aggressor forces led by Saudi Arabia and its supporters tried to undermine the people’s resistance and make it seem that everything in Yemen is under Iran’s control,” he said.
“But the reality has proven this statement false and the Islamic Republic has repeatedly stated through the Foreign Ministry that this issue is a media game by the enemy.”
Underlining that the relationship between Iran and Yemen is not only based on diplomacy but also historical and religious ties, Deilami said, “Both countries are at the center of resistance and opposition to the Zionist-American project.”