Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia and UAE of seeking to divide Yemen

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of seeking to divide Yemen.

This came during a meeting with a delegation of Houthis led by the movement’s spokesman, Mohammad Abdul Salam, in the capital Tehran, according to a statement issued by Khamenei’s office.

There was no official reaction from Riyadh or Abu Dhabi in response to Khamenei’s accusations.

Khamenei said during the meeting that “Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are seeking to divide Yemen, and must stand firm in front of this conspiracy, and protect the unity of Yemen.”

Abdulsalam, in turn, thanked Iran for its assistance and praised Khamenei’s positions.

On Saturday, the forces of the Southern Transitional Council, backed by the United Arab Emirates, took control of most of the positions and camps of the presidential guard loyal to the legitimate Yemeni government.

Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been leading an Arab alliance that carries out military operations in Yemen, supporting pro-government forces, against Iranian-backed Houthis, who have controlled provinces including the capital Sanaa since 2014.

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