Saudi attack Yemen a “very big and strategic mistake”: Hassan Rouhani

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Saturday, 09 May 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani leveled sharp criticism at Saudi Arabia for opening “unfair” military strikes on its neighbor Yemen, saying the inexperienced Saudi rulers are greatly mistaken to opt for bombardment as a tool to wield influence on the region.

“A government which is unaware of the issues in the region and the world, and is also quite a beginner, has decided to show some muscle for the first time,” President Rouhani said of the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen, in a Saturday address to a ceremony held to mark Iran’s Red Crescent Society Week.

He slammed as a “very big and strategic mistake” Saudi Arabia’s air strikes on Yemen, saying a country that has always relied on its petrodollars has wrongly decided to try bombs for the show of power.

President Rouahni further decried the international humanitarian organizations’ muted response to the scourge of war on a Muslim country like Yemen that has come under “unfair attacks” by its neighbor.

He also deplored the measures that have prevented Iran’s humanitarian aid from entering into Yemen.

Fighter jets of Saudi Arabian-led coalition bombed the runway of Sana'a airport on April 28 to prevent an Iranian plane carrying aid cargos from landing in the Yemeni capital.

“If they are making excuses that Iran provides other types of assistance… let them receive our medical and pharmaceutical goods and deliver them to Yemen for help. The purpose is to save the innocent people of Yemen,” President Rouhani pointed out.

More than six weeks of deadly air strikes on Yemen have killed more than 3,500 people and left some 6,200 others injured.

The Saudi-led coalition, which seeks to restore power to the fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, includes eight other Arab states and is receiving logistical support from the US, Britain and France.

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