The reactions of Hadi’s government officials contrasted after Sanaa’s success in breaking the diplomatic blockade by returning the Iranian ambassador, amid expectations of an expected representation of Qatar and Syria.
This comes amid an international movement to push the peace process in Yemen, which reinforced their fears that the return of Iran ambassador would be the beginning of the end to turn the page of “legitimacy”.
while Information minister in Hadi’s government tried to blow the ashe of “Iranian support for Houthis” by warning from the danger of Iranian ambassador’s return to Sana’a, expressing at the same time his government’s concerns about the possibility of supplying houthis with weapons through Iran, with the approaching date to lift the international embargo on it, and the effect of this on the path of “legitimacy return”, Hadi’s advisor and the former Secretary General of the Nasserite Organization, Abdul Malik Al-Mikhlafi, began to be more realistic, while he considers the decision of Iranian ambassador’s return contrary with Security Council Resolution 2216, in a clear indication that international and regional parties are behind the return of the Iranian ambassador.
It is the same thing that prompted Hadi’s Foreign Minister, Muhammad al-Hadrami, to remain silent about the return of Iran Ambassador Hassan Eyrlou, the same as for coalition, specifically Saudi Arabia, which has led the war for six years under the pretext of fighting “Iran” in Yemen.
Observers believe that the return of Iran ambassador may pave the way for a comprehensive solution that ends the era of “legitimacy”, as the southern political analyst Abdulaziz Al-Hadashi considers the arrival of Eyrlou to Sana’a the beginning of the solution. He also believes that the Iranian ambassador would not have been returned to Sana’a without the approval of the Saudi-UAE alliance that imposes a diplomatic blockade for 6 years, in addition to a land, sea and air blockade and it was the reason for the departure of former Iranian ambassador from Sana’a.
Many activists of “legitimacy” and its theorists, especially the supporters of Islah party agree with what Al-Hadashy mentioned, but their fear now is not about the return of the Iranian ambassador, whose country has remained the peg of the Saudi war on Yemen, rather, it is the beginning of a broad diplomatic representation that may include in short term countries such as Qatar, which a few weeks ago hosted a ceremony for opening an office for Houthis in Doha and Syria, whose embassies still there in Sana’a. Which means preparations for international recognition of Houthi’s authority in the north, especially in light of the Western and the recent calls issued by the European Council of Foreign Relations for opening the horizon of cooperation and coordination with Sana’a, as it is the solution, not to mention its control over most of Yemen’s population and the northern regions.
It is noteworthy that Iranian ambassador had left Muscat after a deal with United States included the release of two American prisoners, and the abolition of the diplomatic embargo on Sana’a may be one of its terms, according to observers.