TEHRAN, July 10 (IRCS) _ Mr. Sayed Hashem, director of the Middle East and North Africa zone (MENA) for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) met today with Prof. Ali Asghar Peyvandi, President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), discussing the current situations in the region and future cooperation, including establishment a consultative group on disaster management in Middle East and North Africa region.
During the meeting was held in IRCS headquarters in Tehran, two sides emphasized on expanding of bilateral cooperation and communications.
Director of MENA zone for the IFRC described IRCS as one of the strongest National Societies in the region.
Mr. Hashem welcomed benefiting the capacities and experience of the Iranian Red Crescent and said the IFRC’s Middle East and North Africa regional office was ready to provide developmental programs with IRCS through comprehensive planning.
He also reminded that the IFRC has used the tents made by Iranian Red Crescent to render humanitarian services to affected people in disasters.
At his talks, IRCS President proposed 2 plans to contribute to the region situation regarding numerous incidents and disasters in MENA zone.
“Establishment of a consultative group on disaster management in MENA region with the participation of the National Societies of Iran, Egypt, Kuwait, Syria and Yemen can contribute so much to help to reduce the suffering of people in the region,” remarked Prof. Peyvandi. “Also, we can contribute solving the region’s challenges by the planning of short-term emergency programs for MENA zone affected area or by long-term programs such as capacity building to transfer knowledge and experience in the region.”
It’s for the first time that Mr. Sayed Hashem travels to Iran. It has been arranged for the director of the MENA zone to visit IRCS capabilities.