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UK Urges Iran to Stop Arming Houthi Rebels in Yemen


Thu 18 Jan 2024 | 09:59 AM
David Cameron, the British Foreign Secretary
David Cameron, the British Foreign Secretary
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David Cameron, the British Foreign Secretary, appealed to Iran to cease its support for Houthi rebels in Yemen during his attendance at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

He engaged in a conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, emphasizing the importance of Tehran discontinuing its assistance to the Houthi militants.

"Iran must cease supplying the Houthis with weapons and intelligence and use its influence to stop Houthi attacks in the Red Sea," Cameron, attending the World Economic Forum, wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

"Iran must also stop using the regional situation as cover to act recklessly and violate others' sovereignty. I made this clear to Foreign Minister Hossein Abdollahian."

This development comes in the wake of earlier warnings issued by Iran's Foreign Minister, who cautioned the United States and Britain about ongoing attacks in Yemen.

He indicated that as long as the conflict in Gaza persists, the Houthi rebels would continue targeting ships.

The Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, carried out attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea, which were perceived as linked to Israel, amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza.

In response to these attacks, the United States and Britain conducted a series of airstrikes on Houthi-affiliated locations in various regions of Yemen since the early hours of Friday, January 12th.

The Houthi rebels, in turn, declared that "all American and British interests have become legitimate targets."

The White House clarified that the United States did not seek war with Yemen but would not hesitate to take further actions if necessary.