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Iranian diplomat discusses Yemen with Europeans

The Iranian deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs met senior European diplomats in Italy’s Rome for talks about the crisis in Yemen and the ways to alleviate the suffering of people hit by a Saudi-led war.

According to Tasnim news agency, during his visit to Rome on Thursday, Iranian diplomat Hossein Jaberi Ansari held a meeting with Secretary General of European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Maria Schmid and with political and security director generals of the foreign ministries of Italy, Germany, France and Britain.

The talks revolved around the deteriorating humanitarian conditions in Yemen and the need to take trust-building steps to resolve the crisis.

It was the second round of diplomatic talks on Yemen, followed by a series of meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference back in February.

The third round is slated for the second half of June, to be hosted by the European Union at its headquarters in Brussels.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 in support of Yemen’s former Riyadh-friendly government and against the Ansarullah Movement, which plays a significant role in supporting the Yemeni army against the Saudi-led campaign, which has martyred and injured over 600,000 civilians, according to the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights.