Aug 15, 2016 17:15 UTC
  • Yemen parliament reopening wise decision: Iran

Iran says Yemeni lawmakers’ decision to resume parliamentary duties is a smart and responsible move to bridge the political and legal gaps under the current sensitive situation in the war-stricken country.

At a time when foreign military aggression has resulted in the widespread death of the Yemeni people and destroyed the country’s infrastructures and the international community has unfortunately failed so far to carry out an effective measure to put an end to war and stop crimes against civilians, the parliament elected by the Yemeni people made a wise decision to boost its role in Yemen's decisive developments,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday.

He added that national solidarity and unity and reliance on elected bodies are the best options for forcing the aggressors to accept the Yemeni people’s will and ending the conflict through peaceful approaches.

“As it has emphasized since the outbreak of the Yemeni crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran once again reaffirms that it will be impossible to overcome the nations’ will through war and violence and it is necessary to end this tragic conflict as soon as possible through dialogue and submission to the Yemeni people’s determination,” Qasemi pointed out.

On Saturday, Yemeni lawmakers attended the first session of the parliament since the outbreak of conflict in the Arab country almost two years ago.

The parliamentarians voted in favor of the newly-formed “Higher Political Council” to rule the country, lifting power and legitimacy of resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Last week, Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and the General People's Congress (GPC) party of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, jointly appointed a governing supreme council to run the country.

The two groups officially announced in a joint statement that they both have an equal share in the 10-member council.