Iran’s president slams Saudi role in Yemen


Iran’s president lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over its role in Yemen’s conflict with Shi’ite rebels, saying Riyadh should try to foster peace rather than use weapons against fellow Muslims.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments were the strongest criticism yet by predominantly Shi’ite Muslim Iran of mainly Sunni Saudi Arabia over its involvement in the Yemen conflict.

Saudi Arabia has been fighting Yemen rebels since the insurgents carried out a cross-border raid last November.

“We were expecting that Saudi Arabian officials act like a mentor and make peace between brothers, not that they themselves enter the war and use bombs … and machine guns against Muslims,” Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech.

According to observers Iran has been arming and funding the Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen. Reuters