Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Tehran on Monday with Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy to Yemen, according to local media.
AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Tehran on Monday with Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy to Yemen, according to local media.
Talks between the two sides focused on the Yemeni civil war and regional developments, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Griffiths arrived in the Iranian capital on Sunday for talks with officials there on a resolution of the seven-year Yemeni conflict.
During the meeting, Zarif also expressed Iran’s full readiness to support any effective measure taken by the UN to resolve the crisis in Yemen in view of the very difficult conditions that plague the country as a result of the war and economic siege imposed on the Yemeni people by Saudi Arabia and its allies.
Griffiths, for his part, highlighted the importance of being informed of the Islamic Republic’s views on ways of restoring peace and stability to Yemen.
He also explained the UN’s viewpoints on the Yemeni crisis with special emphasis on the need to establish ceasefire, provide economic aid to the impoverished country and help resume political dialog among all involved parties.
Tehran devised a four-point plan aimed at restoration of peace to Yemen and submitted the proposal to the United Nations no later than a month after the Saudi-led coalition launched its attacks.
The plan proposes the establishment of a ceasefire, the transfer of humanitarian assistance to the war-hit nation, the launching of intra-Yemeni dialog, and the establishment of a broad-based government.
Backed by the US, the UK and other Western states, Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies have been engaged in a military against Yemen since early 2015 with the aim of reinstalling a Riyadh-friendly government there.
According to the latest figure provided by the UN in December 2020, that war has claimed over 233,000 lives so far. The campaign of aggression has also left millions of Yemenis on the brink of famine and wreaked havoc on the country’s civilian infrastructure, including hospitals and schools.