Saudi Arabia could not accept an Iranian-backed regime in the form of the Houthi militia in power in Yemen, compelling the Kingdom to intervene, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Friday.
The British diplomat said he hoped Saudi Arabia and Iran would support attempts to initiate political dialogue between all parties in Yemen, Reuters news agency reported.
“The Saudis are very exercised by the idea of an Iranian-backed regime in Yemen,” he told reporters during a visit to Washington.
“We know there has been Iranian support for the Houthi and we are all concerned to avoid this becoming a proxy war,” he added.
Saudi Arabia, with nine other countries, launched a military operation in Yemen earlier this week to combat Houthi rebels, who have taken over the country’s capital.
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