Houthi militants stand guard near a gathering held by Houthi loyalists against Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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In what could be a goodwill message to Saudi Arabia, a senior Houthi official sought to distance his group from Riyadh's main regional foe Tehran, telling Iranian officials in a Facebook posting to stay out of Yemen's conflict.Riyadh's confirmation of a rare confidence-building measure in the conflict came a day after senior Yemeni officials said a delegation from the Houthis, who are allied with Iran, was in Saudi Arabia for talks to end the war. After meeting his Gulf Arab and Yemeni counterparts, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he backed U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed's efforts to resolve the crisis based on U.N. Resolution 2216, which calls on the Houthis to return power to Hadi's government. However, he added in a news conference that the lull was important to deliver aid and medical supplies to people in northern regions of Yemen.Meanwhile, a senior Houthi official told Iranian officials to stay out of Yemen's conflict, after an Iranian general said Tehran might send military advisers to help Houthi forces fighting the coalition.
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