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News number: 8809221565

16:54 | 2009-12-13

Politics

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US Official: No Evidence for Iran's Interference in Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman in a regional security conference in Manama declared that the US has no evidence of Iran's interference in the crisis in Yemen.



"Many of our friends and partners have talked to us about the possibility of outside support to the Houthis," Feltman said.

"We have heard the theories about Iranian support to the Houthis. To be frank, we don't have independent information about this," he said.

The Yemeni government has been fighting Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, in the northern province of Saada since 2004.

Iran has called the fighting in Yemen "fratricide" which must be stopped immediately.

US and Arab officials warned against seeking to portray the fighting as a sectarian conflict.

"People seem to be finding reasons to widen the conflict when it is in all our collective interest to narrow it," Feltman said.

The US diplomat called on all parties to keep the issue contained to Yemen.

"I think it's dangerous to exaggerate the (Sunni-Shiite) divisions."