Iran is calling for a ceasefire in Yemen despite accusations from Saudi Arabia that Tehran is fomenting the fighting between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the governmnet. Mana Rabiee reports.
Trucks transporting tanks belonging to Houthi rebels -- allied with Iran -- in the Yemeni province of Ibb .. Ibb has seen clashes between militiamen loyal to deposed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the Houthis who now control much of Yemen. As neighboring Saudi Arabia continues to lead a military campaign to dislodge the Houthis, Iran is calling for peace. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is proposing a ceasefire, followed by humanitarian assistance, a broad-based Yemeni government and dialogue between the warring factions INSIDE Yemen (SOUNDBITE) (English) IRAN´S FOREIGN MINISTER, MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF, SAYING: "It is not a negotiation between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Iran and Saudi Arabia need to talk but this, I mean, we cannot talk to determine the future of Yemen. This is a inter-Yemeni dialogue. Yemenis have to speak to themselves, everybody else have to facilitate." Iran's if offering to assist in any political transition. But the offer is unlikely to please Riyadh, which says it's protecting President Hadi and his government in-exile from the Houthis. ...and now the United Nations is getting involved, effectively imposing an arms embargo on the Houthis... part of a resolution that demands they stop fighting and withdraw from areas they've seized. Areas like Aden, a city which the Houthis show no sign of giving up and where the road from Ibb leads.