Arab Parliament condemns Iran’s recognition of Houthi envoy

Xinhua News Agency | Nov 21, 2019 at 1:18 PM

CAIRO, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Arab Parliament on Thursday condemned in the strongest terms Iran's recognition of a representative for the Houthi rebel group and the handover of Yemeni diplomatic headquarters in Tehran.

"The Iranian stance is a blatant violation of all international diplomatic norms, as well as the UN Charter, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations and UN Security Council Resolution 2216, and the inviolability of the diplomatic and consular premises," Arab Parliament Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami said in a press release.

"Iran's official recognition of Houthi militia is an aggressive behavior and violation of the sovereignty of Yemen," Al-Salami added, noting the move's repercussions will hider any attempts that seek political solution in the conflict-torn country.

He reiterated that the Arab Parliament, the legislative body of the Cairo-based Arab League, supports the internationally recognized legitimacy in Yemen, represented by Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

He called on the United Nations Security Council to take the necessary measures to protect the diplomatic buildings of Yemen in Iran from any assault or damage.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly received on Tuesday the credentials of Ibrahim Mohammad al-Dailami, a representative of the Houthis, as Yemeni ambassador in Tehran.

Dailami is a Houthi leader and a member of the political bureau of the militant group.

On Aug. 17, the Houthis announced that they had appointed Dailami as "extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the Islamic Republic of Iran."

In October 2015, the internationally-recognized Yemeni government announced the severance of all diplomatic and political relations with Iran.

The Yemeni government repeatedly accuses Tehran of meddling in Yemen's affairs by supporting the Houthi rebel group.

The Houthis have been controlling the Yemeni capital Sanaa and several other northern provinces since September 2014.