The spokesman for the Arab coalition forces in Yemen, Brigadier General Turki al-Maliki, said on Wednesday that the statements of Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian regarding the transfer of Tehran’s ambassador in Sanaa, Hassan Erlo, from Yemen are “unfounded,”.
He stressed the continuation of “Saudi Arabia and the steadfast alliance’s approach in implementing values.” and the well-established humanitarian principles, despite Iran’s uncivilized and inhuman behavior.”
Al-Maliki said in statements reported by the Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”, that the leadership of the joint forces of the coalition, and in implementation of the directives from the leadership, “began to facilitate the transfer of Airlo for humanitarian considerations, in appreciation of diplomatic mediation from the brothers in the Sultanate of Oman and Iraq, less than 48 hours after reporting his health condition.”
He added, “The Kingdom’s offensive statements are incompatible with humanitarian values and principles and do not value the position of the humanitarian and noble coalition in transferring Airlo from Sanaa to Basra, and they are not surprising from Iranian officials, and come in the context of the Iranian diplomacy’s behavior by entering the aforementioned into Yemen illegally and supporting chaos and fighting “.
Al-Maliki indicated that the Joint Forces Command of the coalition “provided all facilities and permits for transit and logistical support for the Iraqi Air Force C-130 medical evacuation plane.
Al-Maliki concluded his statement by affirming the continuation of “the Kingdom’s approach and the firm alliance in applying the well-established humanitarian values and principles, despite Iran’s uncivilized and inhuman behavior.”
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that Erlo had died, “as a result of being infected with Corona,” according to what was reported by the Fars news agency.
On Saturday, the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the return of its ambassador to Tehran, and attributed this to his infection with the Coronavirus, while reports indicate a dispute between Iran and the Houthi group.