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ICRC Mission Head Meets with IRCS Secretary General

TEHRAN, 3 March 2019 (IRCS) _ International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is seeking more cooperation with the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) in various humanitarian areas.

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ICRC Mission Head Meets with IRCS Secretary General

Mahmoud Reza Peyravi, IRCS Secretary General, and Mark Acherman, Head of the ICRC mission in Tehran, met on Sunday, discussing strengthening and continuation cooperation just like what has been the norm in the past between the two bodies.

Yemen crisis was one of the subjects that were highlighted at the meeting and IRCS secretary general called for facilitating relief operations to the Yemeni people and children with malnutrition problems in accordance with the humanitarian principles.

Responding to IRCS secretary general’s demand, Mr, Acherman elaborated ICRC activities in Yemen.

“Yemen is a very good example as a very complicated situation,” he said. “We have limited access within Yemen. We see more and more challenges to access areas and populations indeed.”

Yemen crisis was one of the subjects that were highlighted at the meeting

Mr, Acherman also referred to ICRC efforts in Yemen including freeing prisoners and searching to find missing people.

Furthermore, he suggested that under the current circumstances, it could be better for Iranian Red Crescent to donate cash contributions to the Yemeni people.

During the meeting, the two sides agreed to hold joint programs on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as well as Reuniting Family links (RFL).

The two partners emphasized on closer cooperation and coordination according to the MOU signed between two organizations last year, accordingly some project agreements are being prepared and will be signed in the near future.

The ICRC started its activities in the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1977 and maintained its presence in the country during the Iraq-Iran war.

From 2001 to 2010, the ICRC opened and ran offices in Mashhad, Orumiyeh, and Kermanshah in order to provide logistical support for its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.