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Iranian Supreme Leader Pledges Support for Houthi Rebels in Yemen

The country has been devastated by the war that has been continuing for years. A coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been working towards restoring the country’s ousted government. The conflict began in 2015 with the Houthi government supported by Saudi Arabia and the Houthi movement that is heavily backed by Iran clashing.

In fact, many consider the Yemeni Civil War as an extension of the Saudi Arabia and Iran proxy conflict, with some analysts claiming that it is an effort to curb Iran’s malign influence in the Middle East.

The war has ravaged across the country and the United Nations warned last year that 13 million citizens may face what would be the worst famine in the world in the past century.

Iran has been providing the Houthis with weapons and training and now the country’s Supreme Leader is publicly declaring support for the “strong resistance against the Saudi-led plots to divide Yemen”.

Over the past few months in Yemen, the Houthis – that are currently in control of the capital Sanaa and a lot of other heavily populated areas – are increasing their attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have responded by targeting strategic Houthi sites, mainly Houthi military bases positioned around the capital city.

Supreme Leader Khamenei met with the chief negotiator of the Houthi movement, Mohammed Abdul Salam, on Tuesday this week in Tehran. Just a couple of days before this meeting, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with him.

The Supreme Leader spoke on state television after his meeting with the chief negotiator of the Houthis, slamming Saudi Arabia for trying to split Yemen. He said that a “unified and coherent Yemen with sovereign integrity should be endorsed”.

Iran has been interfering in the affairs of a number of nations in the region and its presence in neighbouring countries is nothing but malign. Earlier this week, Syria opposition sources claimed that Iranian militias have been getting involved with battles in Syria.

A television network reported that militias trained by Iran have reached certain parts of the country where they will participate in military operations.

The international community and particularly foreign governments need to recognise that Iran is the biggest source of chaos and conflict in the region and must act accordingly. In every conflict in the region, Iran is involved one way or another.

While the Iranian regime spends billions of dollars on its malign activities, the people of Iran are neglected. Iran has many social problems including a horrific unemployment rate, unequal society, terrible social services, a delipidated infrastructure, and so on, but the regime ignores these issues. It is for this reason that the people want regime change – they want freedom, democracy and the respect of human rights. And the conflicts across the region will start to fizzle out as soon as the regime collapses.

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