Ex-Lebanese Minister: Aggression on Yemen Aimed at Impeding N. Deal between Iran, Powers

SHAFAQNA – Lebanon’s former communications minister Osam Noeman underlined that Saudi Arabia has launched the war on Yemen in a bid to trouble attainment of a possible nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers.

“Standing against the Lausanne understanding between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) which, according to Saudi Arabia, will increase Iran’s influence in the region has been the main incentive behind Saudi Arabia’s ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ against Yemen,” Noeman told FNA on Monday.

Noeman said Riyadh believes Iran’s increased influence in the region will incur loss on Saudi Arabia.

Meantime, the former Lebanese minister said there have also been other objectives and incentives behind Riyadh’s air raids on Yemen, including its opposition to other party’s control over the Bab al-Mandab strait.

Noeman said that the Saudi-led strikes against Yemen were launched after Riyadh received the US green light, and added Obama has promised Riyadh to provide it with intelligence while he was aware that the military intervention will not necessarily benefit Washington and its allies.

Saudi Arabia and Israel are two main opponents of a nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers which will lift sanctions against Tehran.

In relevant remarks today, a prominent Mideast analyst also said that Israel’s recent airstrike against the Syrian military posts in the strategic Qalamoun region was aimed at undermining the nuclear talks underway between Tehran and the world powers.

“The Israeli attacks are an instrument to pressure the US administration and trouble the nuclear agreement with Iran,” Khalid al-Asmae’i told Egypt’s Sada Elbalad news website.

He warned that Israel is seeking to coax Iran into direct confrontation amid the raising possibility for a nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, but Iran is not willing to engage in any conflict to prevent any possible negative impact on the nuclear talks.

Al-Asmae’i, meantime, said the Hezbollah resistance group is likely to respond to the attack, but not at present.


Sources – FARS news agency

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