TEHRAN, Mar. 10 (IRCS) _ The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Dr. Peter Maurer met with the President of the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran Prof. Ali Asghar Peyvandi on Saturday morning, March 10th 2018, signing Partnership Framework Agreement.
Partnership Framework Agreement which has been signed between the Iranian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross contains 6 articles comprising of humanitarian context, partnership desired outcomes, Joint Responsibilities, Coordination, monitoring, review, evaluation and audit, use of the emblem and general provisions.
The Agreement aims to achieve goals including the promotion of the universality of humanitarian values and principles; the protection and assistance for people in need in line with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s fundamental principles; work together to strengthen the Movement capacity, reputation and acceptance; support each other to fulfill respective mandates.
The two partners will focus on their efforts to achieve the objectives like physical rehabilitation, promotion of respect for the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and humanitarian values and norms, Restoring Family Links (RFL), migration, communication, mine action and CBRN incidents, Health, Health Care in Danger (HCiD) Initiative and other potential fields of cooperation.
During the meeting that was held at the IRCS Tehran-based headquarters, the President of IRCS Prof. Peyvandi referred to wide cooperation and implementing joint projects between two sides and said: “Iranian Red Crescent is able to play a constructive role in advancing the objectives of Red Crescent and Red Cross and supporting the International Committee of the Red Cross’ projects in the region.”
“By considering its fundamental principles, its mandate and duties, Iranian Red Crescent will support the ICRC plans and programmes in the region.” he underlined. “IRCS is ready to cooperate particularly in providing relief items, logistical equipment and human resources. We hope to cope with the regional challenges with further cooperation.”
“Training is a permanent need particularly in humanitarian activities. So, Iranian Red Crescent is ready to continue the past cooperation with ICRC on topics like dialogue on Islam and International Humanitarian Law according to the defined framework and internal laws.” Peyvandi added.
In his speech, Dr. Maurer referring to cooperation between two sides in recent years, expressed his hope for increasing the cooperation between two institutes.
He also thanked the steadfast support of the Iranian Red Crescent in furthering cooperation between the ICRC and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society.
Referring to 70 percent of International Committee of the Red Cross activities in Islamic states, the President of ICRC stressed on role of dialogue on Islam and International Humanitarian Laws and said: “We should reach to a common understanding. The ICRC has good cooperation with IRCS in recent years and is ready to continue it in different manners.”
The IRCS and the ICRC shared a long history of close cooperation. During the Iran-Iraq war both institutions supported the exchanges of messages between PoWs and their families. In the early 2000s, the IRCS supported ICRC in establishing its logistic hub to service the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. From 2003 onwards, the ICRC has reinforced its presence in Iran and the collaboration with IRCS has matured to that of a strategic partnership. The first Partnership Framework Memorandum of Understanding between IRCS and ICRC was signed in 2012.
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross in his two-day visit in Iran is meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister and some other authorities. Also a relief and rescue exercise will be implemented in Relief and Rescue Organization in attendance of the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross and senior managers from the Iranian Red Crescent.