Iran says Saudi Arabia should not be hosting Yemen talks since it's part of the conflict

An Iranian official says Saudi Arabia should not be the one hosting talks on Yemen's conflict since the kingdom is involved in the crisis with Saudi-led airstrikes targeting the country's Shiite rebels.

Ali Akbar Velayati, an adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says a dialogue on Yemen should be mediated by an international organization and held in a "neutral country."

Velayati spoke Monday during a visit to Beirut.

On Sunday, hundreds of Yemeni politicians and tribal leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia for three days of talks on Yemen's future.

However, the Iran-backed rebels known as Houthis did not attend the conference. Their absence meant the dialogue was unlikely to end the violence.

Velayati, a former foreign minister, described the Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthis in Yemen as "savage."