Iran FM calls for immediate humanitarian help in Yemen

April 22, 2015 09:13

Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday welcomed an announcement by Saudi Arabia of an end to a military operation against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying there should now be urgent humanitarian help and political talks to resolve the conflict.

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen. Riyadh also said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-damaged neighbor.

Iran, which has backed the Houthis, had repeatedly said it would support a political solution to restore peace in Yemen. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Saudi move was "positive" and urged talks and the formation of a new government.

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