Iran backs peace efforts in Yemen

February 16, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Tehran on Friday expressed its support for the ongoing peace process in Yemen with the aim to end the armed conflict between the government and Houthi fighters.

Iran has always sought to help settle the military conflicts in Yemen and to help resolve disagreements among Yemenis peacefully, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters.
Tehran believes the current peace process can help Yemen strengthen its national unity, establish security and boost its economic and social status, Mehmanparast explained.
The conflict between the Yemeni government and Houthi fighters in northern Yemen began in 2004. It intensified in August 2009 when the Yemeni army launched Operation Scorched Earth in an attempt to crush Houthi fighters in the northern province of Saada