Iran, Assad demand immediate halt to military actions in Yemen

Yemen air space is currently under full control of the Saudi Royal Air Force. (File photo: AP)

(Reuters) – Iran demanded an immediate halt to Saudi-led military operations in Yemen on Thursday and said it would make all necessary efforts to control the crisis there, Iranian news agencies reported.

Warplanes from Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Thursday struck Iran-allied Houthi forces fighting to oust the country’s Western-backed president. Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV reported a ground offensive with troops from other Muslim states was being prepared.

“The Saudi-led air strikes should stop immediately and it is against Yemen’s sovereignty,” the Students News Agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.

“We will make all efforts to control the crisis in Yemen,” Zarif said, according to the agency’s report from the Swiss city of Lausanne where he is negotiating with six world powers to resolve a years-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Earlier on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran called for an end to the military operation.

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Full coverage at (Saudi-owned) al-Arabiya.

  • Jason

    Gee, I hate to see Sunnis and Shias arguing (wink!). And Obama thinks that both Iran and Saudi Arabia are his allies: Can his foreign policy get any more ridiculous?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I hate it when two “friends” fight.

  • This is good.

    Get out of the way and let the Shia’s and Suni’s duke it out. If we are lucky the conflict will escalate into a big mess.

    Keep the US forces out of the conflict unless attacked.

    If the Iranians get hurt, they may try to hit the Saudi oil facilities. The Saudis could up the ante by taking out the Iranian nuke facilities. (Or invite the Israelis to do the job during the fog of war.)

    What a stroke of genius for Obama.

    • Jay Currie

      All part of the Big Zero’s cunning master plan…

  • Hard Little Machine

    Give them atomic, chemical and germ weapons. Kill them all kill everything sterilize the region and start over with humans this time.