Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) welcomes UN special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed during a meeting in Tehran, on May 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ISNA / HAMIDREZA DASTJERDI
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Iran voiced support Thursday for efforts to relaunch political talks on the Yemen crisis but said it opposed foreign interference in the conflict in which it backs the Houthi rebels.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also called for a cease-fire in Yemen, where Saudi-led coalition warplanes have stepped up raids on the Shiite rebels who have overrun much of the country.U.N.-brokered talks to relaunch a political dialogue between Yemen's rival factions are due to open in Geneva next week, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.Iran says it is helping in Yemen by opposing air strikes and providing aid.
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