TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran on Wednesday said it supports a unified Yemen, warning against plots aimed at dividing the war-ravaged Arab country.
"The coalition of Saudi and Emirati invaders, along with their mercenaries, who have over the past five years failed to break the will of people by using advanced weaponry, massacre and massive destruction and now see their defeat in the face of the spirit of resistance and resilience of people across Yemen, are seeking to partition Yemen through a suspicious plot,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Moussavi said.
He expressed hope that a halt to the war in Yemen would pave the way for the country’s different political groups to launch intra-Yemeni negotiations toward forming an inclusive government.
The Iranian official echoed warnings by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei who called for strong resistance against the Saudi-led plots to divide Yemen.
Ayatollah Khamenei told a visiting Yemeni delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Muhammad Abdul-Salam in Tehran late Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and the UAE and their supporters have committed great crimes in Yemen, but they will certainly not succeed.
"They are after Yemen's disintegration, which requires to stand firm against this conspiracy and support a unified and united Yemen and its territorial integrity.”
Emirati-trained troops allied to the Southern Transitional Council last week captured army bases and the presidential palace in the strategic port city of Aden in clashes with Saudi-backed troops allied to former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the "faith, resistance, intelligence and Jihadist spirit of the Yemeni people against a brutal and rampant aggression”, saying they will emerge victorious against the invaders.
"Any faithful nation which believes in the Almighty God and the divine promise will definitely win and hence, victory will be with the oppressed and Jihadist Yemeni people without any doubt,” the Leader said.
The Leader reiterated his support for "the struggle of Yemen's faithful and resilient men and women” and asked the Yemeni delegation to extend his greetings to "the beloved and Mujahid brother Seyed Abdul-Malik Badreddin as well as the faithful and resilient Yemeni nation”.
"We promise you that the Yemeni nation, as one unit, will continue to stand up and resist against aggression until complete victory,” Abdul-Salam said.