Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged Tuesday Tehran’s continued support for Yemen’s Houthi motion and referred to as for dialogue among Yemenis to safeguard the war-shattered nation’s territorial integrity.
A Saudi-led alliance has been battling to revive Yemen’s ousted government in a mortifying four-year war with the Iranian-aligned Houthis that has slaughtered tens of thousands and pushed the poverty-stricken country to the verge of famine.
The Houthis, who management the capital Sanaa and most of Yemen’s different populated areas, have stepped up assaults in recent months against targets in Saudi Arabia, Iran’s arch regional foe. In response, a Saudi-led coalition has focused army sites belonging to the Houthis, especially around Sanaa.
Khamenei, who held discussions for the first time in Tehran with a senior Houthi representative, also called for “strong resistance in opposition to the Saudi-led plots to divide Yemen,” the semi-official Fars news company reported.
Iran’s clerical rulers refuse accusations from the United States and its Gulf Arab allies that Tehran is providing military and financial help to the Houthis and blames Riyadh for the worsening disaster there.
The violence in Yemen is publicly seen as a proxy fight between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia’s chief military ally on the ground for most of the battle, has drawn down its forces in Yemen since June.
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news company stated the Houthi delegation, arrived in Tehran a few days ago, had delivered a letter to Khamenei from the movement’s leader, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi, but gave no details.