Newly recruited Houthi fighters chant slogans as they ride a military vehicle, on January 3, 2017. (AFP)

March 26, 2018

Britain on Monday urged Iran to stop sending weapons to Yemen’s Houthi insurgents and instead use its influence to end the conflict.

In a joint statement, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt urged Iran to change course.

“If Iran is genuinely committed to supporting a political solution in Yemen — as it has publicly stated — then it should stop sending in weapons which prolong the conflict, fuel regional tensions, and pose threats to international peace and security,” they said in the statement.

“We question why Iran is spending significant revenue in a country with which it has no real historical ties or interests, rather than using its influence to end the conflict for the good of the Yemeni people.”

Johnson and Mordaunt also expressed support to the Arab Coalition that backs Yemen’s legitimacy.

They said: “We support the Saudi-led coalition’s efforts to restore legitimacy in Yemen, as accepted by the UN Security Council.”

The United Nations has found Iran in violation of an arms embargo on Yemen by failing to block supplies of missiles and drones to the Houthis.

Asharq Al Awsat

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Track Persia is a Platform run by dedicated analysts who spend much of their time researching the Middle East, in due process we fall upon many indications of growing expansionary ambitions on the part of Iran in the MENA region and the wider Islamic world. These ambitions commonly increase tensions and undermine stability.