In a provocative step that is considered a flagrant violation of international law and diplomatic charters, Iran decided last week to hand over Yemeni diplomatic missions in the country to Houthi rebels in a bid to legitimise their coup by force.
In response to this step, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul Gheit condemned Iran's official recognition of the terrorist Houthi militia as diplomatic representatives of Yemen.
Aboul Gheit called the move "a flagrant departure from diplomatic norms, a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic, and the relevant Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 2216.”
According to Yemen’s official news agency, the Yemeni Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it condemns and deplores Iran's handing over of Yemen's diplomatic headquarters in Tehran to a representative of the Houthi group and his recognition as the ambassador of Yemen.
“What Iran has done is a clear and unequivocal violation of the Charter of the United Nations,” the statement read.
The Yemeni Foreign Ministry condemned the Iranian regime, describing it as "the first supporter of terrorism in the world.”
Similarly, the Arab Parliament expressed its strongest condemnation of Iran's recognition of a representative for the Houthi rebel group and the handover of Yemeni diplomatic headquarters in Tehran.
“The Iranian stance is a blatant violation of all international diplomatic norms, as well as the UN Charter, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations, and UN Security Council Resolution 2216, and the inviolability of the diplomatic and consular premises,” Arab Parliament Speaker Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami said in a press release.
Iran's official recognition of the Houthi militia represents aggressive behaviour and a violation of the sovereignty of Yemen, Al-Salami added, noting the move's repercussions will hider any attempts that seek a political solution in the conflict-torn country.
Moreover, Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani has described the Iranian regime's handing over of Yemen’s diplomatic headquarters in Tehran to the Houthi terrorists as a “hostile act” and “flagrant violation” of international conventions and treaties.
The Yemeni minister said that the handover of the embassy is further evidence of the militia's dependence on the Iranian regime and its use to undermine state institutions and turn Yemen into a platform to disturb the security of the region and target neighbouring countries.
He said in a statement to the official Yemeni news agency that this provocative step for Yemen’s government and people confirms the Iranian regime's defiance of international will and the use of the Houthi militia as a tool to implement its destructive policies in Yemen and the region.
The minister also pointed out that this hostile step confirms the full involvement of the Houthi militia within the Iranian agenda and its identification with the latter’s escalating policies.