Iran rejects Yemen meddling allegations

Iran’s Ambassador to Yemen Mahmoud Hassanzadeh has dismissed Yemeni government’s allegations about Tehran’s interference in the Arab country’s internal affairs as a Western diversionary tactic.

“In the past, the former Yemeni regime leveled allegations about Iran supporting the Houthi group and the current government also accuses Iran of supporting the southern Harak [separatist] group and espionage networks; but these allegations are [the result of] the misleading Western reports that the Yemeni president receives,” said Hassanzadeh in a Sunday press conference in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.

He also dismissed any link between Iran and a package of espionage equipment discovered in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden two months ago.

The Iranian diplomat argued that Iran has no interest in meddling in Yemen, adding, “If Yemen has any evidence in this regard, it should present these proofs and documents.”

Hassanzadeh underscored Iran’s support for security, stability, unity and national dialogue in Yemen and expressed the Islamic Republic’s readiness to enhance ties with the Yemeni government.

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