Iran's Rafsanjani: Yemen mission threatens Muslim world

Ex-president says Saudi-led operation 'grave and strategic' mistake and 'prelude to further war' in the region.

Iran's Rafsanjani: Yemen mission threatens Muslim world

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Consequences of a Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes in Yemen pose a danger for the Islamic world, Iran's Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Saturday.

"The airstrikes and igniting sectarian disputes are perilous, which will shed more blood in Yemen," Rafsanjani was quoted by Iran’s official IRNA news agency as saying at the first session of the Expediency Council.

Rafsanjani said the beginning of a war and its impact in the Islamic world are also perilous, and added Yemen would turn into a “quagmire for the aggressors,” calling the operation a "grave and strategic" mistake.

He also said the Saudi officials’ calculus contained political and military mistakes regarding Yemen and Saudi authorities entered a war with a fragile coalition without taking into account the consequences across the region.

In addition, Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani commented on the coalition warplanes' airstrikes, which he said would weaken the Islamic world as both aggressors and oppressed parties face a waste of energy and resources.

Larijani was quoted by IRNA as saying that the offensive did not accord with Islamic law and wisdom, because Islamic countries have limited energy sources, adding: "Instead of supporting Muslim countries, we are spending our energy in detriment of us."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Nisan 2015, 09:32