In a move considered by the internationally recognized Yemeni government as a “flagrant violation” of international laws, the Houthis in Yemen announced the appointment of an “ambassador of the Republic of Yemen” in Tehran.
“A presidential decree was issued appointing Ibrahim Mohammad Mohammad al-Dailami as extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Republic of Yemen to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Houthi spokeswoman Al-Massira said in a statement late on Saturday.
Yemeni President AbdRabbo Mansour Hadi cut ties with Iran in October 2015 and ordered the embassy in the Islamic Republic’s capital to close after he accused Tehran of backing the Houthis militarily. Iran denies the charge, but insists it supports to the Houthis.
The Yemeni government denounced the Houthi declaration. “The announcement of a diplomatic exchange between the Tehran regime and the Houthi militias is a blatant violation of international laws and customs and Security Council resolutions relevant to the Yemeni crisis,” .
“This is not surprising. It transfers the relationship between the two sides from coordination and support from under the table to the public.”
The announcement of the appointment of “ambassador” in Tehran came after the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of IranAyatollah Ali Khamenei held talks with Houthi spokesman Mohammad Abdul Salam last Tuesday in Tehran.
Khamenei reiterated his support to the Houthis, who control the capital Sanaa and large swathes of the north of the country, and accused Tehran’s opponents of “plotting” to divide Yemen.