Britain warns of escalating US-Iranian tensions over peace efforts in Yemen

Britain warns of escalating US-Iranian tensions over peace efforts in Yemen


British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of the growing threat between Iran and the United States of America over the situation in Yemen, a negative reflection of the "tangible progress" achieved in Hodeidah.

The British Foreign Secretary confirmed that he would discuss his concerns with US president Donald Trump during a visit to the latter scheduled for June, noting that he had already discussed the issue with his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo.

He was speaking at the British House of Commons on the situation in Yemen, in an event on the occasion of the National Day (Yemeni Unity), the British Independent newspaper reported.

"Yemen is witnessing the worst humanitarian crisis, and there is still a long way to go before the conflict ends," said Hunt, stressing that the frustrations over the Hodeidah have come to an end (referring to the withdrawal of the Houthis from the unilateral ports that were blessed by Britain and the United Nations, despite the legitimate government's rejection).

"What matters to me is to ensure that Yemen is not flooded with tensions between the United States and Iran," said Hunt. So, we all need to ensure that the cease-fire is maintained and built upon, and it is our task to do so. "

Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated since the beginning of last month, with the United States, with aircraft carriers, warships and new forces, pushing the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea, and Gulf countries announced last week, agreeing to deploy additional US troops in their territorial waters into agreements Precedent between those States and Washington.

The escalation came after Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, prevent the export of oil, and carry out attacks on American interests in the Gulf and at Bab al-Mandab.

The British minister's remarks, after being charged by the Pentagon, came to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to stand behind the sabotage of the UAE ships, and the Houthi militias attacked the Saudi oil company under Iranian directives.

Newspapers and a US agency revealed that Tehran's threats, following the imposition of new sanctions, have included the use of al-Houthi militias in Yemen, targeting US interests in the Gulf, and targeting oil tankers in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab.


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