King Salman stresses the importance of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis and attacks Iran

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Saudi Arabia has stressed the importance of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis and renewed its attack on Iran for its support of Yemen’s Houthi group and “blatant interference” in the region’s affairs, Saudi Arabia’s king said on Sunday.

“The Kingdom stresses the importance of a political solution to the Yemeni crisis on the basis of the Gulf initiative, the results of the Yemeni national dialogue and Security Council resolution 2216,” King Salman said in a speech at the opening session of the Arab-European summit hosted by Egypt over two days.

“We also stress the importance of concerted international efforts to support Yemeni legitimacy and carry the Houthi-backed terrorist-backed Houthi militias to comply with the will of the international community,” he added.

The king renewed his criticism of Iran, whose country is competing for influence in the region.

“The Iranian regime’s support for these militias and others in the region, its aggressive practices and blatant interference in the affairs of other countries requires a united international position to abide by the rules of good neighborliness and international law and put an end to its nuclear and ballistic program,” he said.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are leading the Arab alliance, which entered the war in 2015, to try to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power after the Houthis forced them out of the capital Sana’a in late 2014.

The conflict is widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and no clear military advantage has yet been achieved.

The Houthis deny they receive help from Tehran and say they revolt against corruption and control most of the urban centers, including the capital, while the Hadi government controls the southern port of Aden and a number of coastal cities.

During talks in December in Sweden, Houthi and the Yemeni government agreed to withdraw their troops from the main port of Hodeidah by January 7 under a truce aimed at preventing a full-scale attack on the port and paving the way for negotiations to end the four-year war.

But the deal has stalled over a dispute over control of the Red Sea city, which is the lifeline of millions of people facing hunger.

“The Kingdom has made great efforts to ensure the success of Sweden’s consultations, and calls for the follow-up of the implementation of what was agreed upon in those consultations and to hold the Iranian-backed terrorist militias responsible for the situation in Yemen,” King Salman said on Sunday.

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