UK voices concern about Iran's provision of ballistic missiles to Houthis

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) LONDON, Nov 9 (KUNA) -- British Minister of State for the Middle East Alistair Burt has stated that UK concern about Iran's supplies of ballistic missiles to the Yemeni Houthis.

"I am deeply concerned by reports that Iran has provided the Houthis with ballistic missiles, which threaten regional security and prolong the conflict," Burt said in a press statement Thursday.

He stressed that the provision of weapons to the Houthis and forces aligned to former President Saleh is contrary to UN Security Council Resolutions.

He called for an international probe into Iran's supplying of Houthis with the missiles which were used in attacking civilian areas.

"It is essential that the UN investigates these reports. The UK Government condemned the Houthi missile attack on Riyadh on 4 November, which deliberately targeted a civilian area and was intercepted over an international airport.

He emphasized the need for a political solution to the Yemen conflict to help end the suffering of the Yemeni people, counter destabilising interference and end attacks upon neighbouring countries.

"The UK will continue to work towards a political settlement, and we call upon all countries in the region to support that goal. We will also continue to support our partners in the region to protect themselves against security threats," he said. (end) kd.ibi


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