Iran urges halt to attacks on Yemen as precondition for talks

A senior adviser to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, says ending Saudi Arabia’s extremely “savage bombardments” should be a precondition for any talks on Yemen’s situation.

Ali Akbar Velayati said Monday that any discussion on the Arab country’s future should be mediated by international entities and should only be attended by Yemenis.

“This can be done with the mediation of an international organization such as the United Nations and only between Yemeni sides and at an impartial location,” said Velayati, who is currently in Lebanon to take part in an international meeting on Palestine.

Referring to an ongoing conference on Yemen’s situation in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh, Velayati reiterated that such meetings should be held in a neutral country as the Saudis themselves are part of the conflict, adding that internal the affairs of Yemen have nothing to do with other states, including Saudi Arabia.

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