Iran's Zarif says will use influence to broker peace in Yemen

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 15, 2015 9:10 AM

LISBON (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday Tehran will use all its influence in the region and in Yemen to broker a peace deal for Yemen in order to end Saudi-led air strikes against Houthi rebel forces allied to Tehran.

"We are a major force in the region and we have relations with all groups in various countries and we are going to use that in order to bring everybody to the negotiating table, to the point that we can," Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif told reporters in Lisbon.

He said efforts to bring peace to Yemen must "start with the right premise, that we need to end this bombardment and all the bloodshed and prevent al Qaeda from taking advantage of this nasty situation". A day earlier he outlined a four-point peace plan for Yemen.

(Reporting by Shrikesh Laxmidas, writing by Axel Bugge; Editing by Alison Williams)