US-Arab Camp David statement ‘contradictory’

TEHRAN, May 17 (MNA) – Iran’s FM spokeswoman has denounced anti-Yemen military aggressions and US support for the attacks as ‘contradictory’ to International Law and the Camp David joint statement.

In response to some of the issues raised in the Camp David joint statement on the Islamic Republic of Iran, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said that the statement released by the United States and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council revealed the contradiction in the words and deeds of the US and its regional allies.

Leaders of Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Saudi Arabia met with President Barack Obama at the White House on May 13 and at Camp David, Maryland, on May 14.

Following the meetings on Thursday, the leaders released a joint statement that emphasized “there is no military solution to the regions’ armed civil conflicts, which can only be resolved through political and peaceful means; respect for all states’ sovereignty and non-interference in their internal affairs; the need for inclusive governance in conflict-ridden societies; as well as protection of all minorities and of human rights.”

This follows the contradictory statement which asserts “the United States is prepared to work jointly with the GCC states to deter and confront an external threat to any GCC state's territorial integrity... using the means at our collective disposal, including the potential use of military force.”

Afkham maintained that such actions as waging a foreign military attack on Yemen and disregarding its territorial integrity and the US support for this aggression not only run counter to international law but also violate some of the contents of the Camp David statement.

In response to the claims on Iran’s supposedly destabilizing activities, Afkham noted that the realities of the region completely disprove such allegations.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always sought good neighborliness and dismissed any military approach to regional conflicts. We believe that those states that destroy the infrastructures of their neighboring country and by doing so have severely undermined the peace and stability in the region are in no position to pass judgment on others,” said Afkham.

Calling on all international and regional sides to focus their efforts on combating terrorism and taking trust-building actions instead of adopting accusatory tones toward Iran, Afkham expressed the country’s readiness to negotiate with the Persian Gulf Arab countries.

Saudi Arabia started its military aggression against Yemen - without a UN mandate - in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which currently controls the capital and other major provinces, and to restore power to the country's fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who is a staunch ally of Riyadh.

According to Yemen's Freedom House Foundation, the Saudi airstrikes have claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 Yemeni people so far while more than 6,887 others have been wounded. 

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