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Iran supports ending the war, siege on Yemen: President Raisi
The Yemeni president, who leads the Yemeni Supreme Political Council, told President Raisi that cooperation between Sanaa and Tehran should be increased
By News Desk - June 26 2022
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Yemeni supporters of the Ansarallah resistance movement hold up photos of Iraqi PMU commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani, both assassinated by the US, during a protest in Sanaa, Yemen on 6 January 2020. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

In a phone call with Yemeni President Mahdi al-Mashat on 25 June, Iranian President Sayyed Ebrahim Raisi pledged the support of the Islamic Republic in efforts to establish a true and lasting ceasefire in Yemen, and an end to the economic and naval blockade ravaging the country.

“We emphasize the need to preserve Yemen’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty … and to lift the oppressive economic blockade against the Yemeni people,” Raisi said.

Raisi praised the resistance of the Yemeni people, through the Ansarallah movement, against the US-backed, Saudi-led war of aggression that started in 2015.

He also said Iran was ready to send humanitarian aid, especially COVID-19 vaccines, to the Yemeni people.

Under the recommendation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei, Iran produced its own domestic vaccine, CovIran Barekat, using inactive virus technology.

Recently, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported that Iran exported 200,000 doses of the Barekat vaccine to Nicaragua.

The Yemeni president, who heads the Yemeni Supreme Political Council in Sanaa, thanked President Raisi for Iran’s unwavering support for the Yemeni people, which he said delivers the voice of the Yemeni people to the world.

Al-Mashat told Raisi that there should be increased cooperation between Sanaa and Tehran.

With the support of its regional allies and most NATO member-states, Saudi Arabia has been waging a brutal war on Yemen since 2015.

Alongside the destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure and the killing hundreds of thousands of people, the Saudi-led coalition has maintained a severe air and naval blockade that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.

According to the UN, more than 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million who are suffering extreme levels of hunger.

For several months now, Riyadh and Sanaa have agreed to a UN-brokered ceasefire.

Despite the hesitancy of the Yemeni government and Ansarallah to renew the truce due to repeated US-Saudi coalition violations, the two sides agreed to extend the truce by another two months on 2 June.

After the most recent truce renewal, however, violations by the Saudi-led coalition continued, prompting the Yemeni government in Sanaa to reconsider any future extension of the ceasefire.