IPU confirms support for legitimacy in Yemen

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Updated 02 April 2017
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IPU confirms support for legitimacy in Yemen

JEDDAH: The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) confirmed its support for Yemen’s unity, sovereignty and legitimate leadership, and rejected the coup by the Houthis and ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
This came during the meeting of the Yemeni parliamentary delegation that is taking part in the IPU conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The Yemeni delegation — headed by the vice chairman of Yemen’s Parliament, Muhammad Al-Shaddadi — reviewed the situation in Yemen, including continuous violations against the Yemeni people by Iran-supported rebels.
The delegation said these militias practice terrorism and racist discrimination, Yemen’s official news agency reported.
Al-Shaddadi met with IPU President Saber Chowdhury and Secretary-General Martin Chungong.
They discussed the state of Yemen’s Parliament, which was closed by rebels, who arrested MPs and threatened to kill them.
The Parliament was moved to the temporary capital Aden as a result, but has not yet been established. The Yemeni delegation invited Chowdhury and Chungong to visit Aden.


Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles

Updated 22 February 2019
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Iran starts Gulf war games, to test submarine-launched missiles

  • More than 100 vessels taking part in the three-day war games in an area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean
  • Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles

DUBAI: Iran on Friday began large-scale naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf, which will feature its first submarine cruise missile launches, state media reported, at a time of rising tensions with the United States.
More than 100 vessels were taking part in the three-day war games in a vast area stretching from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean, the state news agency IRNA reported.
“The exercise will cover confronting a range of threats, testing weapons, and evaluating the readiness of equipment and personnel,” navy commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said in remarks carried by state television.
“Submarine missile launches will be carried out ... in addition to helicopter and drone launches from the deck of the Sahand destroyer,” Khanzadi said.
State media said Iran would be testing its new domestically built Fateh (Conqueror) submarine which is armed with cruise missiles and was launched last week.
Iranian officials in the past have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, in retaliation for any hostile US action, including attempts to halt Iranian oil exports through sanctions.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last May and reimposed sanctions on Tehran. He said the deal was flawed because it did not include curbs on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
Iran has expanded its missile program, particularly its ballistic missiles.
Iran launched its domestically made destroyer Sahand in December, which official say has radar-evading stealth properties.
The USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf in December, ending a long absence of US aircraft carriers in the strategic waterway.
Iran displayed a new cruise surface-to-surface missile with a range of 1,300 kilometers earlier this month during celebrations marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Western experts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities, although there are concerns about its long-range ballistic missiles.