Skip to comments.Iran urges Yemen's neighbors to stay out of rebellion
Posted on 11/10/2009 6:49:33 PM PST by nuconvert
Iran's foreign minister Tuesday called on Yemen's neighbors to stay out of the conflict between Yemeni forces and Shiite Muslim rebels, while Yemen said it had seized an Iranian ship near its territorial waters.
Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters in Tehran that Shiite-dominated Iran has expressed its concern for Yemen's "national unity and territorial integrity," the state-run Press TV network reported.
"We strongly advise regional and neighboring states not to interfere in Yemen's internal affairs and try to restore peace and stability to the state," Mottaki said, adding, "Those who choose to fuel the flames of conflict must know that the fire will reach them."
Battles between Yemeni government forces and the Shiite Houthi rebel movement have raged intermittently for five years in northern Yemen, where government troops launched a new offensive in late summer. The conflict is considered to be separatist and sectarian, pitting the Houthi against the country's Sunni majority.
Saudi Arabia, Yemen's northern neighbor, turned its air force against suspected Houthi rebels last week. The Saudi government said an armed group had infiltrated into its territory and fired on border guards, leaving three members of the Saudi security forces dead and 15 wounded before the airstrikes pushed them back.
The Houthi claimed the airstrikes occurred within Yemeni territory, a claim both the Saudi and Yemeni governments denied. Meanwhile, Yemen has accused Iran of supporting the rebels.
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“Interferring in other country’s civil wars is our job”, he explained.
...to stay out of the conflict between Yemeni forces and Shiite Muslim rebels, while Yemen said it had seized an Iranian ship near its territorial waters.
Let the Shi’ites and the Sunnis sort out their differences in violence and leave us “infidels” in peace.
You know what they say. Sunni or later, Shiite happens.
Wahhabin’ now? ;’)
Syria [a strategic ally of Iran] condemned the recent violations against the territory and security of Saudi Arabia, and expressed support for the Saudi defense of its sovereignty and of the safety of its territory.
Syria and Iran on different roads.
Many Roads Lead to the Arab Street...
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