Yemen's former President Saleh said on Sunday that the new government in the country is ready to work with Russia to fight terrorism through allowing Russians to access Yemeni military bases.
“Russia is the closest to us and we extend our hand to Russia to cooperate in the field of combating terrorism,” Saleh said in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.
Saleh further said that Yemen was ready to open its military bases to Russia.
“We provide all the facilities in our bases, airports and sea ports. We are ready to provide all facilities to the Russian Federation,” he added.
However, he made it clear that such cooperation does not mean Russia would be fighting alongside Yemeni forces against Saudi Arabia.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Saleh rejected claims that the Islamic Republic of Iran is interfering in Yemen's internal affairs.
He also said that Saudi regime has waged a war against Yemen under the pretext of defending Saudi national security against Iran which is a baseless pretext.
"Iran has no presence in Yemen at all. The international intelligence services know that Iran is not present in Yemen," he said.
"We are not against Iran; Iran is an Islamic brotherly country. We don’t have any agreement or coalition with her currently," Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh added.