Iran welcomes extension of UN-mediated truce in Yemen

Iran welcomes extension of UN-mediated truce in Yemen

The Iranian foreign minister’s senior aide for special political affairs says the country supports the extension of a UN-brokered ceasefire as well as effective efforts aimed at establishing sustainable peace in war-torn Yemen.

Ali Asghar Khaji made the remarks in a meeting with Hans Grundberg, the United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy for Yemen, in Tehran on Wednesday.

He expressed hope that during the renewed two-month ceasefire, efforts would continue toward achieving a comprehensive agreement on a lasting truce, complete lifting of the blockade and economic embargo imposed on Yemen, the payment of salaries in the country and freedom of transit in all routes.

The Iranian diplomat also hoped that military, economic and political committees would start their activities and all the necessary mechanisms for supervising commitment to the ceasefire would be fully implemented.

The UN special envoy, for his part, outlined the latest proposals presented to the Yemeni parties to solve the crisis in the country.

Grundberg said the two-month renewal of the ceasefire in Yemen would be an opportunity to achieve a regular mechanism for paying the salaries of the employees, opening routes among provinces, adding flight destinations at the Sana’a airport and guaranteeing fuel shipment to the port city of Hodeidah.

He added that the truce would prepare the ground for setting up military, economic and political committees with the aim of monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.