The Swiss diplomatic mission to Iran, led by Ambassador Markos Leitner, also represents the US
Yemeni government condemns Swiss ambassador to Iran’s meeting with the Houthis
Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Iryani condemned a meeting between the Swiss Ambassador to Iran and Houthi-appointed representative to Iran Ibrahim Al-Dailamy, saying it was contrary to diplomatic norms and legitimized the Houthi coup in 2015.
"Iran's clear role in arranging and organizing these meetings is a continuation of its hostile policies towards Yemen, the government and people, and an additional indication of political support, as well as the financial, media and military support provided by the Tehran regime to the Houthi coup militia," Al-Iryani told Yemen’s state news outlet Saba.
The Houthis appointed Al-Dailamy, director-general of the rebels’ Al-Masirah TV network, as its ambassador to Iran in August. Yemen’s internationally recognized government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi suspended diplomatic ties with Tehran in late 2015, accusing Iran of supporting the Houthis.
Al-Iryani said that by meeting with Houthi officials, diplomatic missions are validating Iran’s agenda to legitimize the Houthis. Iran's Foreign Ministry previously arranged for Al-Dailamy to meet the British, German, French and Italian ambassadors to Iran.
The Swiss diplomatic mission to Iran, led by Ambassador Markos Leitner, also represents the US in the Persian Gulf country, as no there have been no direct diplomatic ties between the US and Iran since 1980. The meeting comes amid reports that Saudi Arabia is engaged in peace talks with the Houthis.