Yemeni authorities have uncovered an Iranian spy ring which has been operating in the country for over seven years, the Yemen Post reported, adding that all of its members have been arrested.
According to report, the cell was headed by a former top Iranian Revolutionary Guards
officer and tasked with spy operations in Yemen
and the Horn of Africa.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Abu Bakr Al-Qirbi confirmed that there are strong relations between the Houthi group and the Revolutionary Guards.
Al-Qirbi said that Tehran trains the Houthis and "provides them with weapons, equipments and funds.
"There are other issues that we do not want to currently speak about because we are engaged in internal dialogue and hope that these issue are resolved." he added.
Al-Qirbi had previously accused Iran
of interfering in Yemen's affairs, stressing is was unacceptable. "We along with all regional states are keen to have relations with Iran, but we refuse any intervention in internal affairs,” he said.
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called on Tehran to stay out of Yemen's internal affairs: "We hope that our brothers in Iran won't interfere in Yemen's affairs and that they take into consideration the situation in Yemen," Hadi said.
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