Yemen recalls envoy to Iran over support of Houthis

Yemeni government recalls envoy to Iran over role in supporting Houthi forces vying for control of country

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Yemen’s government has recalled its ambassador to Tehran on Thursday due to the continued role in supporting Houthi militias vying to gain control of the country militarily. 

A statement released by the office of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi read that "The legitimate government of Yemen is recalling charge d'affaires Abdullah al-Sirri,” due to Iran’s “interference in our affairs and support for the Houthis.”

A source in the Yemeni presidential office corroborated the statement telling the Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency that "President Hadi, who is currently in Riyadh, has ordered his ambassador to leave Tehran as soon as possible.”

Backed by Iran, the Houthis took control of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa in September through an armed uprising, causing the Yemeni government to flee to Aden after the group attempted to disband the Yemeni government in January.

Houthi forces began a military campaign to take Aden in April, forcing the government to escape the country to neighbouring ally Saudi Arabia, where it has set up office in the capital of Riyadh.

TRTWorld and agencies