Agency: Iran is pushing its former president to mediate an end to the war in Yemen

@ Newsyemen, Aden English

2020-07-08 21:22:50

Russia's Sputnik said on Wednesday that former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had sent a message to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, presenting a final proposal to end the war in Yemen, which has been going on for sixth year.

The agency quoted a source as saying, "Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a message to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman requesting to discuss the Yemeni peace plan."

The source added that "Ahmadinejad entered into a dialogue with the leaders of the two sides in the Yemen war, and that the United Nations entered into a dialogue and was trying to form a mediation committee with international figures," stressing that "the former Iranian president is trying to form a delegation soon and will publish the details," noting that "efforts  Ahmadinejad is playing a mediating role in the Yemeni peace plan. "

In response to a question about whether they received a response from Saudi Arabia, the source said that "the process is currently underway, and that a written message comes in the first stage, followed by a follow-up and technical discussion to form a mediation council," noting that "Ahmadinejad also spoke with the Houthi leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi, and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "

The British newspaper "The Independent" had previously published an interview with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi, in which he proposed sending a message to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the leader of the Houthis, Abdulmalik Al Houthi, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guetrich, with the aim of mediating between Saudi Arabia and the Houthis through the formation of  An international delegation to help end the Yemeni war.

Ahmadinejad stressed in the interview that he is ready to travel to Saudi Arabia to do this mediation, considering that what is happening in Yemen will have harm on all sides and that this crisis must be resolved.

He stressed that the good relations between Tehran and Riyadh are not limited to the issue of Yemen only, saying: “If Saudi Arabia and Iran are with each other, then they have a clear and strategic faith.”

Ahmadinejad considered that bad relations with Saudi Arabia harm Iran, pointing out that one of the most important reasons for the rise in oil prices during his presidency is the cooperation of Iran and Saudi Arabia in "OPEC", including this within what he called "diplomatic art."

He stressed the need for good relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Ahmadinejad referred to his strong opposition to the attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran in 2016, saying that this was a trap.

He pointed out that Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia should not have been destroyed at all.

Ahmadinejad criticized the government of President Hassan Rouhani, saying that Rouhani did not seek to improve relations with Riyadh, but rather sought to get closer to some European countries, which in turn have moved further away from Iran.