UAE calls for action against Iran after UN and US reports

Foreign ministry says revelations of weapons supply to Yemen rebels confirms Tehran's 'destabilising behaviour'

The UAE has called on the global community to more forcefully address the threat posed by Iran after a UN report this week on violations of Security Council resolutions and evidence presented by the United States of Tehran's arming of Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the UN secretary general’s recent report on UN Security Council Resolution 2231 strongly confirmed what the UAE and its allies had long known - that Iran is continuing its "expansionist and destabilising behaviour in the region, and is fuelling the conflict in Yemen".

And evidence presented by the United States on Thursday "left no doubt about Iran’s flagrant disregard for its UN obligations, and its role in the proliferation and trafficking of weapons in the region", according to a ministry statement reported by the state news agency Wam.

From missiles to drones to explosive boats, illegal Iranian arms shipments to the Houthis and other proxies are stoking the fires of sectarian violence endangering civilians, the ministry said. "The UAE and its military coalition partners have witnessed the devastating impact of these illegal arms shipments on Yemen."

The ministry said the UAE stands ready to work with its allies to take actions that will ensure Iran's compliance with relevant UN resolutions.


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