Yemeni president Hadi tells Iran to keep 'hands off'

Hadi accused Iran of backing secessionist groups in southern Yemen and "religious" movements in northern Yemen – the latter an apparent reference to the Shiite Houthi group.

Yemeni president Hadi tells Iran to keep 'hands off'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Monday complained of persistent Iranian interference in his country's affairs.

"We've asked our Iranian brothers to reconsider their erroneous policies," Hadi said in an interview published in the Monday edition of London-based daily Al-Hayat. "Our calls, however, have fallen on deaf ears."

Hadi accused Iran of backing secessionist groups in southern Yemen and "religious" movements in northern Yemen – the latter an apparent reference to the Shiite Houthi group.

Recent months have seen several violent confrontations between Houthis and local tribesmen in the northern Saada and Amran provinces. Tribesmen accuse the Shiite militants of seeking to establish control over their territory.

The Houthis are also battling tribesmen and Salafists in several other parts of Yemen, which has been gripped by chaos since the 2012 ouster of long-ruling president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

In Monday's interview, Hadi insisted his country had no desire to escalate the situation with Tehran.

"At the same time, we're hoping Iran will keep its hands off Yemen," he said. "We hope it will stop its support for armed groups."

While Tehran has yet to comment on Hadi's allegations, Iran usually denies Yemeni claims regarding its alleged interference in the country's affairs.

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