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17:04 | 2009-12-12

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Iranian FM: No Military Solution to Conflict in Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing conflict in Yemen, and dismissed use of military force as means of restoring peace in the Middle Eastern country.

"The situation in Yemen does not have a military solution," Mottaki said, addressing a security conference in Bahrain on Saturday.

The minister underlined that the military action had only added fuel to the conflict, without yielding any result.

He further reiterated that a "peaceful approach" which combines talks with other non-military options was the only possible means to settle the conflict.

Commenting upon Iran's stance, Mottaki said that Tehran supports the territorial integrity, security and the development of Yemen.

The Yemeni military has launched a major offensive, dubbed 'Operation Scorched Earth', against Houthi Shiites in the northern sector of the country.

The Saudi Arabian government has added to the problem by launching its own offensive against northern Yemen.

While Riyadh insists that it is targeting Houthi positions on 'Saudi territory', the fighters say that Saudi Arabia is bombing Yemeni villages with chemical weapons and causing the death of Shiite civilians.

The sixth Manama Dialogue summit kicked off with a focus on the security situation in the Persian Gulf. More than three-hundred delegates from 25 countries are taking part in the three-day summit.