Several meetings have taken place in past years between Iran’s chief diplomat and the Houthi spokesman in Muscat
Iran’s foreign minister met Houthi militia representatives in Oman on Wednesday; in order to express Tehran’s support for a cease-fire and a return to talks to end the country’s long conflict.
At the talks with Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam; Mohammad Javad Zarif “once again stressed our country’s view regarding the political solution being the only solution to the crisis of Yemen;” the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.
The foreign minister “emphasised our country’s support for a cease-fire and Yemeni-Yemeni talks;” it markedly added.
Several meetings have taken place in past years between Iran’s chief diplomat and the Houthi spokesman in the Omani capital.
Zarif’s comments also came a day after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called on the Houthis to stop fighting and enter peace negotiations.
The war in Yemen; in which tens of thousands of people also died since the conflict erupted in 2014; has flared anew in the past two months with a Houthi campaign to seize Marib.
Saudi Arabia has proposed a “comprehensive” cease-fire and a return to the negotiating table; a proposal that the Houthis immediately rejected.