Houthi rebels welcome Iran's stance on "Saudi aggression"

09:34, November 17, 2009      

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A political leader of Yemen's Houthi rebels welcomed Monday the stance of Iranian parliament on what he called "Saudi aggression" on Yemeni territories.

"We welcome the honorable Islamic and humanitarian stance of the Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with which it condemned the Saudi aggression on Yemeni people and territories," Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi, brother of the Shiite rebels' leader Abdel Malik al-Houthi, said in a statement posted on pro-Houthi al-Menpar website.

Such "respectful stance" was not taken by the Arab countries, al-Houthi, who now lives in exile in Germany, said.

"We affirm to the Iranian parliament, leadership and people that the Saudi aggression is aimed to help and maintain the regime in Sanaa and stop it from ending the war (in northern Yemen)," the statement said.

According to the statement, the "unjustified Saudi aggression" only aims at interfering in Yemeni affairs and maintaining Saudi control over Yemen.

"Since the first day of Saudi aggression, we called for its ending and declared our wish not to escalate the situation in the region, and that we are ready for understanding and dialogue and to dispel fears they are trying to use as excuses for interference... but they only responded with sarcasm," he added.

On Sunday, Speaker of Iran's Parliament Ali Larijani condemned "Saudi interference" in the conflict in northern Yemen, saying the country's lawmakers urged Islamic countries to take action against "the killings of innocent Muslims in Yemen."

Source: Xinhua
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