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Iran's ambassador to Kuwait slams Saudi-led operation in Yemen

Iran's ambassador to Kuwait has condemned the Saudi-led military operation codenamed "Decisive Storm" against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. Ali Reza Enayati said that the operation will create more complications in the region instead of solving the conflict, Anadolu has reported.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held at the Embassy of Bangladesh to celebrate Bangladesh National Day, Enayati said that his country totally rejects the operation because of its "negative impact" on the region.

Early on Thursday, Saudi Arabia and a coalition of regional allies launched a military assault in Yemen against forces loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi militants. According to a statement from Riyadh, the operation was carried out at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who asked for military intervention to "protect the Yemeni people from the Houthi militias' aggression".

Ambassador Enayati said that he wished the operation had not taken place. "We were engaged in a process of dialogue, which is more decisive, more effective and useful for the region," he explained. "We hoped that the dialogue would continue, especially because all military operations and terrorist operations have not lead to a result." He added his belief that the Saudi operation will also be futile.

The Iranian ambassador noted that parties in conflict were able to reach common ground for dialogue in Libya and Syria and that everyone is now talking about its importance. Asked about the Houthis rejection of dialogue, Enayati stressed that he does not represent the group. "However, you should not blame one side or another, because dialogue is important and the best way to reach a solution, either in Syria or Yemen."

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