“Unless Iran thinks it is suddenly become part of Yemen, we are not at war with Iran,” Prince Saud said at a press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius. (AFP, 12 April)
The Saudi foreign minister added that Tehran should not support the activities of the Huthi insurgents “against the legitimate order of Yemen and to stop delivery of weapons and aid” to the rebels.
Saudi Arabia leads a coalition of Arab countries that since 26 March has carried out airstrikes against the Huthi (AnsarAllah) insurgents. They took over the capital Sanaa and government institutions in September and have rapidly expanded their control over other parts of Yemen. The Huthis are now engaged in fierce combat in Aden, Yemen’s southern capital, against Sunni militias.
Photo credit: Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal gesturing during a news conference in Riyadh; 12 April 2015 (AFP)