Iran’s First Vice-President Meets ICRC Chief on Yemen in Tehran

Iran’s First Vice-President Meets ICRC Chief on Yemen in Tehran
Thu Aug 13, 2015 16:59:26

Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri expressed the country’s deep concern over the massacre and pains of the Yemeni people after the Saudi-led war, and stressed Tehran’s readiness to dispatch more humanitarian aids to Yemen, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Jahangiri made the remarks in a meeting with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer.

During the meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, he said that Iran is ready for increasing humanitarian aids to Yemeni nation through the ICRC.

Jahangiri said that the Yemen crisis can only be solved through political dialogue among various Yemeni groups, stressing the need for stronger role of the ICRC in forwarding humanitarian aids for the oppressed Yemeni nation.


Expressing deep regret over the massacre of Yemeni children, women and elderly civilians and the plight in which the Yemeni nation is entangled due to foreign military aggression, he said that the UN Security Council could have played a more effective role to prevent the further complication of the already catastrophic conditions in Yemen.

The clashes between the Ansarullah fighters and the Saudi-backed al-Qaeda terrorists as well as the pro-Hadi militias continue in the Southern parts of the country as Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 140 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,386 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Iran has sent a large amount of humanitarian aid to Yemen and intends to send more but the Iranian officials insist on unloading the cargos in Yemen to provide the Yemeni people with foodstuff and medical aid directly.

The 2,500-ton cargo of the Iranian ship carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen was discharged at Djibouti port in May.

The Iranian ship named 'Iran Shahed' loaded with pharmaceuticals and medical equipment was unloaded and delivered its aid cargo to the UN at a port in neighboring Djibouti.

Iran Shahed that was sent by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to Yemen on May 13 changed its direction towards Djibouti while in the Gulf of Aden a few days ago to be inspected by the UN.

Also in May, IRCS Managing Director Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziyaee announced that his organization would send another ship with relief aid to Yemen soon.

"A 12,000-ton shipment of Iran's relief aids is being prepared for dispatch to Yemen," Ziyaee said.

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