French president says Iran tied to Yemeni missile launch, calls for talks

French president says Iran tied to Yemeni missile launch, calls for talks

Macron also announced a surprise trip Thursday night to Saudi Arabia, saying he wanted to speak to the kingdom's young, assertive crown prince about the war in Yemen and Iran.

The Yemeni army on November 5 confirmed that it had targeted Saudi Arabia's King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh with a long-range Borkan H2 ballistic missile.

In an interview with the Time magazine, published on Thursday, Macron claimed that a recent missile attack by Yemen's Houthi fighters on Saudi Arabia was "part of this ballistic activity of Iran in the region". During his visit to Dubai on Thursday, he referred to a missile which was sacked from Yemen and intercepted by Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

Iran denies the charges and blames the conflict on Riyadh.

USA officials also accuse Tehran of supporting extremists and terrorists in the region.

Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman of the committee, said Macron's remarks were an example of intervention in the internal affairs of Iran.


"Like what was done in 2015 for the nuclear activities, it's necessary to put a framework in place for Iran's ballistic activities and open a process, with sanctions if needed, of negotiation that would enable [an agreement]", he said.

Macron was traveling to Saudi Arabia to obtain information about the fate of Saad Hariri, who has resigned as Lebanon's prime minister.

Macron was earlier in the UAE capital for the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi - the first museum to carry the famed brand outside France - which he hailed as a "bridge between civilisations" and religions.

Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a complete blockade on Yemen in the wake of the Huthi missile attack, as the United Nations warns that the Arab world's poorest country faces the risk of a mass starvation. "When the goal of those measures ends, we will reopen those ports with introducing some needed amendments and reforms", Al-Mouallimi said.

Worldwide rights group, including Human Rights Watch, have criticised Western nations for profiting from arms sales to the Saudi-led military coalition battling rebels in Yemen, in which the UAE is a key member.

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