Iran’s ex-president Ahmadinejad sends letter to Saudi crown prince offering to mediate in Yemen conflict
According to the Saudi news outlet, Ahmadinejad has expressed his eagerness to mediate among the warring parties in Yemen to cease the war.
In a rare letter amid longstanding tensions between the two countries, Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has invited Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) for talks to end the conflict in Yemen, Al-Arabiya reported on Monday.
According to the Saudi news outlet, Ahmadinejad has expressed his eagerness to mediate among the warring parties in Yemen to end the war, five years since the start of the international military intervention led by Saudi Arabia.
In the letter, a copy of which was conveyed to The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, Ahmadinejad proposed a committee of “internationally trusted figures” to facilitate dialogue between the rival parties in the Yemen conflict.
“I’m very confident that, with your constructive cooperation, we will be able to implement effective initiatives that could play a vital role in putting an end to the status quo and end the war and the rivalry,” he said.
“There is no uncertainty that the high costs of the war will eliminate the specter of poverty , fear and death from the Yemeni people if used for building and reconstruction through a joint regional action plan.”
There was no instant response to the letter from the Saudi authorities or the UN.
The letter comes in conflict to official Iranian rhetoric about the Kingdom, Iran’s archrival in the region.
The Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has repeatedly criticized the Saudi government’s regional policies, dismissing it in a 2019 speech as “dictatorial, corrupt, tyrannical, dependent, and despotic”.
Meanwhile, MBS, who is next in line for the throne, has labeled Khamenei as “the new Hitler,” prompting Iranian authorities to accuse him of being “adventurist” and “immature.”
Ahmadinejad was first elected president in 2005 and stayed in office until 2013.
His controversial win in the 2009 election prompted Iran’s most significant demonstrations and a crackdown, in which dozens of people were murdered and hundreds arrested.
He led the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran as well, a coalition of traditional political groups in the country, and is a current member of the Expediency Council appointed by the supreme leader.
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In his letter, Ahmadinejad cited to himself as “a member of the human community”, and said that, pending the approval of MBS and Houthi leader Abdelmalek Badruddin al-Houthi, he was ready to create the international committee for mediating Yemen talks “to end the crisis and reinstate friendship and peace”.
Nevertheless, a spokesman for Iran’s mission to the UN, Alireza Miryousefi, told the New York Times that Ahmadinejad’s letter was just an individual attempt that does not reflect the Iranian government’s position.
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