Iran and Houthi movement have signed an agreement, under which the former would help upgrade Yemen’s infrastructure, Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency, now under the Houthis’ control, reported.
The announcement was made by Saleh al-Samad, head of the Houthi group’s political council, as he returned home late Thursday following a two-week visit to Iran, the agency said.
Al-Samad has hailed the visit as “successful and fruitful” and asserted that it would bring about positive outcome for Yemen’s development plans.
He asserted that his accompanying delegation to the talks included ministry undersecretaries and heads of government agencies. Yet, he did not name any of them.
According to the senior Houthi leader, the agreement was signed by Iranian Trade Minister Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh and would cover cooperation in the sectors of energy, electricity, transportation, water and sewage.
Al-Samad said that the Iranian officials had expressed readiness to provide Yemen with oil for one year and to build a 165-megawatt power plant in the energy-starved country.
The agreement also envisaged cooperation to expand and develop the Red Sea port of Al-Hodeidah, he added, referring to the strategic port that the group had seized months ago.
There has been a rise in the number of Houthi delegations visiting Iran following the initiation of direct flights between Sanaa and Tehran late last month.