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18 September 2019 "It was the United States and the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia that started the conflict in the region, not Iran or the Houthi from Yemen." Iranian President Hassan Rohani returns to attack the United States and Saudi Arabia, accusing them of having begun - together with the United Arab Emirates and Israel - the war that he has been going on for more than four years in Yemen, with the country now on the streets.

But meanwhile, the United States has not yet granted Rohani the visa, Foreign Minister Mahammad Javad Zarif and the rest of the Iranian delegation. For now, the government of Tehran will not be able to leave for the UN general assembly, which began yesterday with the first meetings and which will last until September 27th.

This is a delay, but it could turn into a new diplomatic case. If the visas do not arrive in the next few hours the government of Tehran would be ready to cancel its presence at the summit in New York, expected for September 25th. An eventual cancellation would be resounding, even taking into account the openings on the subject of nuclear power repeatedly expressed by the American president Donald Trump.

Day meeting between the United States and Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen and the attack on the Aramco plant
In Yemen every day children and civilians die, the country is among the poorest in the world and is experiencing a humanitarian crisis with the Yemeni people that continues to escape from bombings and attacks. "We do not want a conflict in the region - continues Rohani - The Yemeni rebels did not hit hospitals, schools and markets but facilities to launch a warning to Saudi Arabia".

According to the Iranian president the accusations arrived to Iran from the American secretary of state Mike Pompeo after last Saturday's attack on the two Aramco refineries, owned by Saudi Arabia, are "without foundation". The attacks were claimed by the Yemenite rebels Houthi, but Saudi Arabia believes that the drones guilty of the attack were supported by Iran.

Saudi Arabia in response has decided to join the United States International Maritime Security Construct naval mission to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz (between Iran and Oman) throughout the Persian Gulf. An upgrade also based on what happened in recent months, with various oil tankers being subject to sabotage and attacks.

The US maritime coalition aims to protect merchant ships to guarantee freedom of navigation and international trade. The Saudi defense ministry has announced that "evidence will be shown on Iran's involvement in the terrorist attack against Aramco plants".

During the day a meeting is expected in Jeddah between Mike Pompeo and the Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Sa'ud to discuss the attack and coordinate efforts to fight "Iranian aggression in the region".