Iran cautiously welcomes end of US support to Saudi offensive operations against Yemen

Iran cautiously welcomes end of US support to Saudi offensive operations against Yemen

Iran has welcomed the announcement of US President Joe Biden about stopping his country’s support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said, in a statement issued on Saturday, that the Biden administration’s announcement to stop supporting the Yemen war could be “a step in the direction of correcting previous mistakes, if it’s not an American political maneuver.”

The ministry added that stopping the coalition’s support in the war on Yemen “will not suffice to solve the Yemeni crisis. It should be completed by ending the air, sea and land blockade and stopping the military raids of the aggressor countries led by Saudi Arabia.”

On Thursday, Biden announced that the United States would cease its support for the Saudi-led invading coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen, but he pledged to continue “helping the kingdom defend its territory.”

He also confirmed that his country would intensify its efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement for the Yemeni crisis.

Against the background of these developments, media reports stated that Washington froze two arms sales deals, worth about $760 million in total, to Saudi Arabia.

In the same context, the US Department of State announced on Friday that it has formally informed Congress of the intention of the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to remove Yemeni political organisation Ansarullah from the list of “foreign terrorist organisations”.

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