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Iran Slams PGCC Chief's Accusations

15 Jul 2020, 00:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson dismissed as groundless the anti-Iranian accusations leveled by the secretary general of the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council regarding Yemen.

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In a statement on Tuesday, Seyed Abbas Mousavi dismissed as a "blame game" the unfounded allegations made by Secretary General of the P(GCC) Nayef Al-Hajraf.

"We recommend the new PGCC secretary general focuses his attention on the need to stop attacks by the (Saudi-led) coalition aggressors against Yemeni women and children and help settle the Yemen crisis through intra-Yemeni talks rather than pursuing the blame game trend and leveling groundless accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is in line with the destructive role of some PGCC members," Mousavi said, according to the Foreign Ministry's official website.

"On behalf of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel, some PGCC members have, against the will of Arab and Muslim nations in the region, sealed their lips, in an intimidating atmosphere, in the face of issues and main threats to the Muslim world and the oppressed Palestinian nation," he added.

"Those PGCC members are pressing ahead with their violent bombardments of the resistant and patient Yemeni people and their unjust blockade of the country and preventing food, fuel and medicine needed to combat coronavirus from reaching the country.

"The Saudis and resigned Hadi administration's stance on the initiative proposed by the UN secretary general to stop conflicts across the world, including in Yemen, indicate the hypocritical position of these aggressors, who, despite claiming to be observing a ceasefire, push ahead with their fierce bombardments, and while rejecting the Yemen peace plan floated by the UN chief, still insist on trying to settle the crisis militarily, and seek to blame others in order to deflect the world's attention from their acts of aggression," the Iranian diplomat concluded.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015 in order to bring former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi back to power and crush the Houthi Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past five years.

More than half of Yemen's hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or closed during the war by the Saudi-led coalition, which is supported militarily by the UK, US and other Western nations.

At least 80 percent of the 28 million-strong population is also reliant on aid to survive in what the United Nations has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

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