Iran has proposed Yemen peace plan: foreign minister

Iran has proposed Yemen peace plan: foreign minister
Armed Yemeni members of the southern separatist movement run during reported clashes with Huthi rebels in the port city of Aden's Dar Saad suburb, on April 14, 2015.
MADRID - Iran has proposed a peace plan for Yemen that calls for a ceasefire followed by talks by all sides that would be mediated by foreigners, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday.

"I proposed a ceasefire followed by all inclusive Yemeni dialogue that is facilitated by others, leading to the formation of a government in Yemen that represents a broadly based community," Zarif, who was speaking in English, told a news conference in Madrid.

Shiite Huthi rebels - who Yemen says are backed by Iran - have seized swathes of territory in Yemen since they entered the capital Sanaa in September 2014, forcing government forces to flee.

Yemen slid deeper into turmoil after a Saudi-led air campaign began on March 26 to push back the rebels' advance after they forced President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee the country.

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