The defense minister said Tehran "supports a political solution in Yemen and it is left to Yemenis to determine the future of their country"
Houthi diplomat meets Iranian defense minister to discuss strengthening military cooperation
The Houthis’ diplomatic delegate to Tehran, Ibrahim Al-Dailami, met with Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatemi on Sunday to discuss military cooperation between the two governments, according to Houthi-run Saba news agency in Sana’.
During the meeting, Al-Dailami praised the "cooperative relations between the two countries at various levels and Iran's attitude towards the aggression against Yemen," referring to the Saudi-led coalition's military operations to remove the Houthis from power and restore the internationally recognized government of Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.
The Iranian defense minister stressed "the need to strengthen the relationship between the Iranian and Yemeni (Houthi) armies,” according to Saba.
"Iran supports a political solution in Yemen and it is left to Yemenis to determine the future of their country," Hatemi said.
In August, the Houthis appointed their Al-Dailami as its ambassador to Iran. Hadi’s government rejected and denounced the move.
Yemen’s Minister of Information Muammar Al-Iryani condemned a recent meeting between Al-Dailami and the Swiss Ambassador to Iran, saying it was contrary to diplomatic norms and legitimized the Houthi coup in 2015. Iran's Foreign Ministry previously arranged for Al-Dailami to meet the British, German, French and Italian ambassadors to Iran.
In mid-September, the Houtihs claimed responsibility for a drone swarm attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. Western officials and Saudi Arabia claim that Iran was behind the attacks and they were not launched from Yemen.