SANA’A – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has made a statement saying that Yemen is being bombed daily and that the Yemeni people are defending themselves, in reference to the drone attack on the Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Saturday.
The comments came during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Monday.
Asked about the bombing of Saudi oil facilities, he said: “On this issue, we have begun to talk about how this will affect the oil market, and I would like to draw attention to security issues.”
“Yemen is being bombed every day and innocent people are being killed in this country, so the Yemeni people had to respond,” he said.
Rouhani noted that there is an influx of weapons into Saudi Arabia, which are being used against the Yemeni people.
“What the Yemeni people are doing is self-defense,” he said, noting that the main way to settle the Yemeni issue should be through a political and diplomatic solution.
Rouhani indicated that “it is likely that the Astana process of the Syrian peace settlement could serve as a model for the settlement in Yemen”.
“Countries in the region can try to restore peace and stability to Yemen,” he said, adding that “when peace returns to Yemen, then oil exports and production can be carried out in peace”.