The Arab League (AL) has condemned Iran's official recognition of Houthis and giving the group the Yemen diplomatic mission in Tehran.
The Iranian step is a "blatant deviation from diplomatic conventions and clear violation of the UN Charter, of Vienna treaty on diplomatic and consulate relations, and of the UNSC relevant resolutions, 2216 in particular," the AL Secretary-General Ahmed Abu al-Ghait has said.
The Iranian President Hassan Rawhani has received the Yemeni "new ambassador to Tehran, Ibrahim Mohamed al-Dailami" and hailed the Houthi steadiness in war against the Saudi-led coalition, Iranian news agencies said Tuesday.
The step "reflects Iranian persistence to hostile behavior aimed at destabilizing Yemen's security and, thus, threatening its neighbors' security," an official source at the AL said.
The AL supports all the legal and political measures taken by the Yemeni legitimate government to oppose this Iranian behavior in maintenance of its sovereignty.
Last August, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels announced Ibrahim Mohamed al-Dailami as Yemen's new ambassador to Tehran, saying the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif had received his credentials.
The Yemeni internationally-recognized foreign ministry has strongly deplored the Iranian regime, "the first supporter of the world's terrorism," for recognizing the Houthi representative as an ambassador, holding Iran responsible for ramifications of this "flagrant violation" and for mischief the protection of Yemen's diplomatic portable and importable properties.
This move proves "Iran's involvement in supporting and recognizing the Houthi coup militias," the Yemeni foreign ministry added in a statement.