FILE PHOTO: In this file photo supporters of Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels stand with signs bearing the group's emblem reading in Arabic "God is Great, death to America, death to Israel, curse upon the Jews, victory to Islam" and others commemorating Eid al-Ghadir as they chant slogans during a gathering in the Huthi-held capital Sanaa on August 8, 2020. (Photo: AFP)
Tehran's new ambassador to Yemen has arrived in the rebel-held capital of the war-torn country, the Iranian foreign ministry said Saturday, five years after the last ambassador departed.
"Hassan Eyrlou... ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Iran in Yemen, has arrived in Sanaa," foreign ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh told the Fars news agency.
"He has presented his letters of credentials to Mehdi al-Mashat, head of Yemen's supreme political council," he added, referring to an executive body formed by Huthi rebels.
Iran backs the Huthis in Yemen's civil war against an internationally recognised government that is supported by a Saudi-led military coalition.
The recognised government has been based in Yemen's second city, Aden, for the past five years, after the Huthis seized the capital.
Eyrlou's predecessor left Sanaa in September 2015 and in October last year Iran's foreign ministry said the process of sending a new ambassador was hindered by "attacks on the embassy".
Iran is the only country to hold diplomatic relations with the Huthis.
Fars did not specify when or how the ambassador had reached Sanaa, but the announcement came shortly after more than 1,000 prisoners were freed in a landmark exchange between the warring sides in Yemen.