A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Islamic Republic supports the “rightful struggles” of the Shia Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the rightful struggles of Ansarullah in Yemen and considers this movement as part of the successful Islamic Awakening movements,” Ali Akbar Velayati, who is also President of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research, said in a meeting with a group of Yemeni clerics in Tehran on Saturday.
He expressed satisfaction with Yemeni people’s triumphs in the Arab country and offered Tehran’s congratulations to the Yemenis on their victory.
Noting that the Houthi fighters have initiated an “unprecedented” movement in the Arab country, Velayati added, “Victories in rapid succession by the Ansarullah indicate that this [movement] is a pre-planned and calculated undertaking and having learned from the past, they have been able to control the situation and remove the obstacles one after another.”
Velayati said Tehran supports Houthi fighters’ “tactful approach” to uniting all religious sects in the country.
He said enemies of the Yemeni people have instigated al-Qaeda-linked militants to carry out bomb blasts, noting that the Yemeni nation will thwart such plots.
In September, Ansarullah revolutionary fighters gained control over the capital, Sana’a, following a four-day battle with army forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the half-brother of former dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Ansarullah movement played a major role in the popular uprising that forced Saleh to step down after more than 33 years in power.
Yemen has been facing threats from al-Qaeda-linked militants, as well as a separatist movement in the country’s southern region.