Russia: Lavrov and UN special envoy Griffiths meet to discuss crisis in Yemen
UN special envoy arrives in Iran to discuss crisis in Yemen
Earlier, President Biden announced the end of support for the operations of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia
The UN special envoy for Yemen arrived in Iran for the first time to discuss the crisis in Yemen, Iranian state television reported on Saturday. This happened a few days after Washington announced the end of support for the military operations of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen..
The coalition intervened in the Yemeni civil war in 2015, supporting government forces fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Saudi Arabia and Iran vie for influence in the Middle East – from Syria to Iraq to Yemen.
“UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths arrived in Tehran on a two-day visit, during which he will meet with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other Iranian officials,” Iranian State Television said in a statement..
The Griffiths office said the visit is part of his diplomatic efforts to support a negotiated political settlement. In a press release from the office it is said that the diplomat’s top priority is to support an agreement between the warring parties on a ceasefire, the adoption of urgent humanitarian measures and the resumption of the political process..
Griffiths spokeswoman Ismini Palla said preparations for the visit had begun some time ago. She noted that it is taking place against the backdrop of the special envoy’s efforts to enlist additional diplomatic, regional and international support for his efforts to end the war..
“Griffiths will consult with Iranian officials to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people,” Iranian state news agency IRNA reported..
Iran on Saturday welcomed Thursday’s decision by US President Joe Biden to end support for offensive operations in the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Tehran described this decision as “a step towards correcting mistakes of the past”.
When asked by CNN whether the US decision would give an opportunity to end the war in Yemen, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said: “I definitely hope so. The United States should, with the best of intentions, be tough on its allies and demand that they stop these atrocities. They will never win in Yemen “.
Washington said on Friday that it intends to reverse the decision taken under President Donald Trump to recognize the Houthi movement as a terrorist organization in connection with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where, according to the UN, 80 percent of the population needs help..