Rouhani Conveys to Qatari Emir his Fear over Houthis’ Decline

Rouhani Conveys to Qatari Emir his Fear over Houthis’ Decline

Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 - 07:00
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters)
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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani voiced his concern over the decline of the Houthi militias in Yemen, during a telephone call on Monday with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Rouhani stressed that the Yemeni crisis could not be resolved through a military solution, but through political channels, saying: “Some countries’ roles in the region are incorrect.”

“This path will aggravate problems in the region, in particular in Palestine, Syria and Yemen,” he stated.

Rouhani’s comments come as Iran faces accusations of waging a proxy war against Arab states that oppose its interference in the Middle East.

Tehran provides support to Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, Iraqi militias, the Houthis in Yemen and the Lebanese “Hezbollah” group.

It has repeatedly rejected accusations that it has provided financial and military support to the Houthis in the Yemeni war.

Rouhani told the Qatari emir that he was willing to promote relations with Doha, stressing that he regarded the Gulf boycott of the Arab peninsula as unfair.

He also said his country “is doing its utmost to cooperate and help the Qatari people and government, and to achieve stability in the region,” according to the German news agency.

For his part, the Qatari emir expressed Doha's appreciation for Iran's stances, saying Doha "will never forget them."

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