The British ambassador to Yemen, Michael Aaron, said that Iran does not control the Houthi coup militia, stressing that the militias can be separated from Tehran and ending the relationship that binds them together.
In a statement to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, he explained that reducing Iranian influence in Yemen will only be achieved by stopping war and fighting between the parties to the conflict, indicating that Tehran’s role is limited to stirring up problems only in the country.
Michael Aaron, the British ambassador to Yemen, made it clear that the Yemenis, including the Houthis, would realize later that Iran’s goals were only to stir up trouble, reiterating his belief in the possibility of separating the Houthis from Iran.
Aaron said, “There are many opinions about Iran in Yemen. Some say the Iranians have influence with the Houthis, but they do not control the group.” Others say that the Houthis are implementing everything that Iran dictates. “But one thing seems clear and that is that as long as the war continues, Iranian influence will increase in Yemen.”
He added, “What is necessary now is to stop the war and when the fighting stops, it will be possible to start reducing Iranian influence, and it will be clear that Saudi Arabia is the true friend of Yemen.”
According to the UK ambassador, “Saudi Arabia will use its resources and soft power to help rebuild Yemen.” Indicating that all Yemenis, including the Houthis, will realize that Iran’s goals in Yemen are only to cause problems.
He continued by saying, “Therefore, I still believe that Iranian influence in Yemen can be greatly reduced, and the Houthis can be separated from Iran.”
Aaron had warned that the continued control of the Houthis over the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, would increase Iranian influence in Yemen, pointing out that they are changing Yemeni society, curricula in schools, controlling and changing universities, and sending children to the fighting fronts, as well as sending students to study in Qom, Iran .
It is noteworthy that Iran is the only country in the world that rejected the Saudi peace initiative in Yemen, while the initiative received a great regional and international welcome in order to end the war and establish peace.
The British ambassador’s statements coincided with regional and international efforts for a comprehensive ceasefire and the resumption of political consultations between the Yemeni parties as soon as possible.
Saudi Arabia recently announced an initiative to end the Yemeni crisis, according to which Sanaa International Airport would be opened to regional and international flights, and the revenues of Hodeidah Port would be placed in a joint account of the Central Bank of Yemen under UN supervision.