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Yemen: Military Intervention

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL6223, tabled on 29 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of Iran in supplying missile technology and other weapons to the Houthi forces in Yemen.

Answered on

13 July 2020

We have repeatedly set out concerns about Iranian destabilising behaviour in the region, including its political, financial and military support to the Houthis in Yemen. This support poses a real threat to regional stability and security, and we are committed to working with partners, including the UN, to address these concerns. The supply of weapons to the Houthis is prohibited under a number of UN Security Council Resolutions, including UNSCR 2216. Although the UN conventional arms embargo on Iran, under UNSCR 2231, is due to expire in October, UN sanctions targeting the supply of weapons to the Houthis will endure under other Resolutions. The EU arms embargo and UN ballistic missile restrictions on Iran will also remain in place until 2023. The UK encourages all states to implement national export control best practice in support of these regimes.