Dec 01, 2021 17:35 UTC
  • Foreign Ministry rejects Saudi allegation of 'maintaining military presence in Yemen'

Foreign Ministry vehemently rejects Saudi Arabia's allegations that the Islamic Republic maintains a military presence in Yemen, saying such allegations are aimed at deflecting attention away from the crimes committed by the Riyadh-led aggression coalition.

The ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks on Wednesday after the Saudi-led coalition that has been invading Yemen since 2015 alleged it had struck "legitimate military" targets in the Yemeni capital Sana'a, including a "secret site" belonging to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

The spokesman denied existence of any military ties between Iran and Yemen, asserting, "The Islamic Republic has never maintained a military presence in Yemen that could be targeted by the invaders."

He called the allegations "baseless" claims that were meant to divert the public opinion across the region and elsewhere in the world from "the invading countries' atrocities."

Such allegations, he added, do not serve to change the fact that the invading countries have made a "strategic mistake" in taking on the Arab world's already most impoverished nation.