Apr 24, 2015, 7:47 PM
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S. Arabia non-cooperative over aid dispatch to Yemen: Official

Tehran, April 24, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian censured Saudi Arabia non-cooperation regarding aid dispatch to the Yemenis.

In a telephone conversation with the President of World Red Crescent Society Peter Maurer on Friday, Amir-Abdollahian referred to aggravating situation in Yemen, calling for further international measures to help send humanitarian aid to Yemen.

Amir-Abdollahian also added that Saudi invasions on the country have not yet been stopped and military operations against Yemen are still underway.

He further noted that Iran's Red Crescent Society acquired necessary permission in the past two days to send planes for transferring Yemeni sick to Iran and dispatch relief aid to them but the Saudi warplanes have approached the Iranian planes, forcing them return home.

Given Yemenis' need for humanitarian aid, Iran is ready to cooperate with the international bodies to dispatch aid to defenseless people in Yemen, he said.

Maurer, for his part, appreciated Iran for its humanitarian aid to Yemen, saying that his institute has undertaken many efforts to send aid to the country and made intensive talks with Saudi Arabia in this regard.

Dispatch of relief aid requires full cessation of military operations, he said, noting that World Red Crescent Society is seeking a safe path for supplying aid and transfer of the wounded.

He also pointed out that the institute eagerly welcomes cooperation with Iran to send humanitarian aid to Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has launched airstrikes on Yemen since one month ago, killing innocent people and destroying its infrastructures.

While the Yemenis are currently in dire need of humanitarian aid, Saudi jet fighters have blocked Iranian aid flights landing in the country.