Iran has no hand in Sa’ada events, Rawhani [Archives:2005/850/Front Page]

June 13 2005

Hassan Al-Zaidi
SANA'A, June 9- Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rawhani and his delegation left Sana'a last Thursday after a two-day visit to Yemen during which the Sa'ada events and the regional and international developments in the area were discussed.

While talking to the Yemen Times, Hassan Rawhani, the Iranian Nuclear File Negotiator, stressed that his country never backed al-Houthi's insurgency.

He confirmed all the journalistic reports are not true but were influenced by the U.S. lies and allegations that are widely spread in the region.

He said that fomenting any crisis against the regime in Sana'a is bound to harm Iran since both countries (Yemen and Iran) enjoy close bilateral relations and a joint cooperation in security and economic, political and cultural areas.

The Iranian official emphasized that his government is not responsible for statements issued by the Shiite movement in Yemen.

During his last visit to Iran, Yemen's Foreign Minister denied such stories and ascertained that al-Houthi's son did not travel to Iran; which some news mentioned that he went there.

Statements issued by the Shiite movement were based on information about harming holy sites of the Shiite sect that includes as many as 300 million Shiite members throughout the world.

Asked about the involvement of some Twelve Current members in the Sa'ada events, the Iranian nuclear file negotiator replied: “what we have been told by some Yemeni officials appeared to be totally different from what we heard earlier. They have told us what happened in Sa'ada was politically motivated and not occasioned by some religious sects existing in Yemen.”

“What is of great significance in this respect is to free the region from any disputes, particularly as the enemies of Islam want to foment disputes and disunity among Muslims. What is being realized in Iraq and Afghanistan is a clear-cut example as the enemies of Islam usually have their evil plans to raise tension and disputes in these areas,” Rawhani commented.

“Nowadays, we in the Muslim world are facing big conspiracies targeting our economies and political regimes.”

Regarding matters debated with the Yemeni side, the Iranian official mentioned: “we discussed security agreements that involved several aspects, as well as developing cooperation in the field of fighting terror since we believe that the terrorist groups constitute a major threat in the area.”

He pointed out that signing the security agreement by Yemen and Iran is a success and that both countries witnessed distinctive development in their economic ties.

Rawhani said: “we have paid an official visit to Yemen in response to an invitation extended by the Yemeni government, and during the two-day visit, we met with Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Prime Minister and a number of senior government officials, and conducted with them deliberations on some regional issues.”

With respect to the big Middle East project being followed up by the Industrial countries, Rawhani said it is in favor of Israel and the U.S.A. who pretend they enhance democracy in the region.

Concerning Iran's nuclear file, he indicated that discussions on this matter appear to be a bit complicated, pointing out the powerful countries do not want the Muslim ones to possess the advanced technology while Israel already possesses varied arsenals of weapons of mass destruction.