CAIRO: Egypt voiced its concern over Iran’s “regional behavior” after Iranian arm shipments to Yemen were reportedly seized by U.S. navy ahead of a Yemeni truce planned for Sunday, the Foreign Ministry stated Thursday.
“Iran’s official positions contradict its actions, which not only undermine stability in the region but also represents a blatant intervention in Arab affairs,” said Foreign Minister Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.
U.S. Navy ships in the Arabian Sea intercepted and seized an arms shipment from Iran likely bound for Houthi fighters in Yemen, Reuters reported, citing Monday military statement.
The alleged arm shipment was seized a year after the UN Security Council issued a resolution in April 2015 imposing an arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi rebels.
The Egyptian army has been taking part in a Saudi-led Arab coalition launched Mrach last year to reinstate Yemen’s President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Saudi and Yemen have confirmed a truce starting Sunday midnight ahead of U.N.-sponsored peace talks, scheduled to take place in Kuwait April 18.