Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, center, leaves the Parliament building where Pakistani lawmakers discuss the crisis in Yemen, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, April 9, 2015. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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Iran Monday urged the formation of a new Yemeni government and offered to assist in a political transition, comments likely to anger Saudi Arabia, which is backing Yemen's president against a rebel force allied with Iran.The Houthi advance toward the Yemeni city of Aden forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Riyadh last month and triggered a Saudi-led campaign of airstrikes to try to drive back the rebels, who share their Shiite faith with Iran. In another move likely to strain ties with Riyadh, Iran has suspended the year-round Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, the Umrah, over allegations that Saudi security officers sexually assaulted two Iranian teenage boys at Jeddah airport, the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported.
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