Houthi demonstration.
Houthi demonstration.Reuters

Yemen’s Foreign Minister, Riyad Yassin, underlined on Sunday Yemen’s rejection of the “four-point peace plan” that Iran has submitted to the UN Secretary General and the President of the Security Council.

FM Yassin reiterated last week’s letter of total rejection of Iran’s “peace-plan,” by what is essentially Yemen’s government-in-exile. He added that “There is no room for us to discuss Iran’s proposal... Iran is involved in the situation which Yemen has reached.”

In rejecting Iran’s plan, Yemen’s UN Ambassador Khaled Hussein al-Yemeny last week wrote to the UN that “Iran has never been a neutral peace partner, as it is well-known that Iran has fomented the [Yemeni] sectarian [Sunni-Shiite] divide by creating, training, and arming the [Shiite] Houthi militias according to its [Iran’s] expansionist vision in our region.”

The Houthis follow a version of the Shiite Islamic religion, and reside mostly in the mountainous northern regions of Yemen. With Iran’s weapons and in an alliance with Yemen’s former-president Saleh, the Houthis swooped down into southern Yemen where the Sunni predominate. They now occupy an area in South Yemen with close to 12 million Sunnis.

The Yemeni UN Ambassador further urged “the UN Security Council to demand that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to stop its continued intervention in Yemeni affairs.”

Iran’s “peace plan” called for an immediate ceasefire, an end to all foreign attacks, humanitarian assistance, and a “national dialogue in view of the establishment of on an inclusive national unity government.”

In essence, Iran’s plan would have locked in its Houthi proxy’s military gains on the ground, while enabling Iran to militarily re-arm the Houthis.

Saudi Arabia, which is currently leading a aerial counterattack against the Houthis, is reported to have destroyed 80% of the Houthis’ weapons’ stores and have blockaded Iran from resupplying the Houthis. So, the Iranians appear to believe a massive military re-supply of Houthis is necessary under the guise of a “ceasefire plan.”