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Iran’s ambassador to Yemen dies

It has been reported that Iranian Ambassador Hasan Irlu, who was on a mission in Sana’a, the capital city of Yemen, which was under the control of the Houthis, who had recently returned to his country for the treatment of COVID-19, died due to COVID-19.

Said Hatibzade, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made a written statement on the issue.

Reminding that Irlu was exposed to chemical weapons in the Iran-Iraq war in 1980-1988, Hatibzade said, “He contracted the COVID-19 disease at his post. Unfortunately, he returned to the country in unfavorable conditions due to the lateness of some countries in cooperation.”

Hatibzade stated that although all treatment possibilities were used to improve his condition, the Iranian Ambassador could not be saved.

The US Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper reported on December 17, based on regional officials, that the Houthis, reinforced by Iran, were allowed to fly an Iranian plane to Yemen from Saudi Arabia, which had imposed an air blockade on Yemen, to return the Iranian Ambassador to Tehran. It was claimed that they wanted him to give.

In the report, it was reported that the Saudi authorities also informed the Houthis that they would not allow Iran to send planes to Yemen and that a plane from Oman or Iraq could remove the Iranian Ambassador from the country only if some high-level Saudi hostages were released.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hatibzade said in a statement on 18 December that Irlu had contracted COVID-19 and returned to the country for treatment, and thanked some countries in the region anonymously for helping the Ambassador leave Yemen and return to the residence for treatment. .

The news that the Iranian Ambassador had left Yemen on a plane for Iraq was later reflected in the country’s media.

Iran sent Hasan Irlu as its Ambassador to Sana’a in 2020, in response to the Houthis appointing an ambassador to Tehran in 2019. The US Treasury Department announced that it placed Irlu on the sanctions list on December 8, 2020, on the grounds that he is a member of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards Army.

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