Senior Iranian adviser says Saudis should not host Yemen talks

May 18, 2015 13:12

BEIRUT - The senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Saudi Arabia could not host talks between Yemen's warring factions, as it was involved in the conflict in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies have been conducting an offensive against Houthis rebels in Yemen for more than six weeks, saying the fighters are backed by Shi'ite Muslim power Iran, an allegation Tehran denies.

The kingdom has since said it will host talks between Yemen's factions, an offer rejected by the Houthis.

"We consider Riyadh as a party to the conflict in Yemen and a national dialogue should take place in another country in a neutral location," Ali Akbar Velayati, Iran's former foreign minister, said in comments in Beirut.

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