ADEN, Yemen- The Saudi Arabia-backed Yemeni government announced its full support to the decision made by the U.S. President Donald Trump to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Yemen's Foreign Ministry said, in an official statement that, the government welcomed Trump's decision to end the U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.

The Yemeni ministry described the decision as "a big step in the right direction to prevent Iran's destabilising and dangerous behaviour."

It also stated that "the deal failed to protect the vital interests of not only the U.S. but also its partners and allies in the Middle East, including Yemen."

The Yemeni government strongly slammed the Iranian role in Yemen saying that, "Iran has been, for a very long time, supporting and arming the Houthi rebels in Yemen."

It also added that "Iran provided Houthis with sophisticated missiles and other technologies, including military drones, sea mines, and explosive boats, which threaten freedom of navigation in the Red Sea."

In a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, Matthew Tueller, in Riyadh on Wednesday, Yemen's President, Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said that, Iran had exploited the nuclear deal negatively and "continued to interfere in the affairs of those countries, in line with the Persian state's expansionist agenda."

The Yemeni government, which is supported by Saudi Arabia, has long accused Iran of arming and financing the Shiite Houthis against Hadi, but Iran keeps denying the accusations.

Iran still has its embassy in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, which has been controlled by the Houthis since Sept, 2014.

The Saudi-led coalition of nine countries has carried out military operations against Houthis in Yemen, since late Mar, 2015, in an effort to restore Hadi's authority.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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