Tehran re­jects ‘ridicu­lous and base­less’ Saudi ac­cu­sa­tions

Kuwait Times - - International -

TEHRAN: Tehran yes­ter­day re­jected as “ridicu­lous and base­less” ac­cu­sa­tions by Saudi Ara­bia that Iran is sup­port­ing rebels and block­ing peace ef­forts in Ye­men. “The Saudi for­eign min­is­ter’s claims that our coun­try has been block­ing peace ef­forts in Ye­men are ridicu­lous and base­less,” for­eign min­istry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said. “Iran has con­demned the ag­gres­sion (against Ye­men) since the be­gin­ning... and will not spare any ef­forts to stop this bloody and de­testable war,” Ghasemi said in a state­ment pub­lished on the min­istry’s web­site.

Saudi Ara­bia leads a mil­i­tary coali­tion back­ing Ye­men’s gov­ern­ment in its fight against the Shi­ite Houthi rebels. Both sides in the Ye­men con­flict have come un­der harsh crit­i­cism for their ne­glect of civil­ian safety, but the Saudi-led coali­tion has in par­tic­u­lar been ac­cused of bomb­ing schools, mar­kets and hos­pi­tals. “Re­peat­ing such false ac­cu­sa­tions will not re­duce the re­spon­si­bil­ity... of those who have com­mit­ted heinous crimes, par­tic­u­larly mur­der, de­struc­tion of schools and hos­pi­tals and push­ing an in­no­cent pop­u­la­tion to famine,” Ghasemi said.

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