Iran declares support to the Houthis

Iran declares support to the Houthis

Alsahwa Net-Mohammed Bagheri, Chief of Staff of the Iran’s Military, confirmed on Thursday his country’s support to the Houthis rebels in Yemen.

Bagheri said this in a press interview with the Chinese Phoenix Television.

The Houthis rebels led a coup against the internationally recognized government in late September 2014.

Bagheri said that the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard provided support including expertise, weapons and military hardware to Iraq and Syria by official requests made by governments of the two countries.

Although, the situation in Yemen is different whereby the government asked help against the Iran-backed Houthis rebels, Iran stood with the rebels against the government which is backed by Saudi Arabia, the main rival of Tehran in the region.

Bagheri said that the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard took a proactive position by providing support and expertise to the Houthis.

He reiterated that his country will stand by the Houthis’ side until they stop the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia launched early 2015 a large-scale military campaign to reinstate the legitimate the government and topple the Houthi’s coup.

The government of Yemen said that the statement by Bagheri confirms that the Houthis’ decision is in the hands of the Iranians.

Muammar Al-Eryani, Yemen’s Minister of Information said that the Bagheri’s statement is an official recognition of Iran’s military support to the “Houthis terrorists”.

He said that the Iranian regime is legally accountable to implications of the Houthis’ coup against the legitimate government including the human and economic loss caused by the war that is being initiated by the Houthis.

He called on the United Nations (UN) and permanent members of the UN Security Council to exercise pressures on Iran to stop all forms of support to the Houthis militia and to stop using the militants to target Saudi Arabia and threaten the international maritime routes.



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