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Head of ICRC Mission in Iran Meets IRCS President

TEHRAN, 9 July 2019 (IRCS) – The newly appointed head of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) mission in Iran met with the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) president on July 8, touching on a number of issues such as transferring international cash contributions to Iran’s flood-hit people, which cannot be sent due to the US sanctions.

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Head of ICRC Mission in Iran Meets IRCS President

Appreciating the efforts of Mark Acherman, the former ICRC mission in Iran, IRCS President Prof, Ali Asghar Peyvandi welcomed Mr, Reto Adrian Stocker, the new head of ICRC mission in Iran, saying: “The Iranian Red Crescent welcomes expansion and development of cooperation with the International Committee of Red Cross, as it sees itself as a strategic partner of the ICRC.”

Referring to the US unilateral and outrageous sanctions, Mr, Peyvandi emphasized that due to close relationships, IRCS and ICRC could take positive steps to help the flood-affected people of Iran.

“According to the International laws, sanctions should not target humanitarian issues and people,” said IRCS president. “But during the Iran floods, Iranian Red Crescent was not able to transfer the cash contributions of countries and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to Iran due to the blockade of accounts.”

Mr, Peyvandi also called for more expert level meetings between the ICRC and the IRCS’ Under-Secretary General of International Affairs with the aim of the commencement of new activities as well as expansion of other humanitarian works.

IRCS has a very high capability in Iran and the World

For his part, Mr, Reto Adrian Stocker, Head of the ICRC mission in Iran said that it was very important to maintain and continue cooperation and friendship between the two sets, given the low resources and the many existing challenges.

“I am proud to cooperate with the Iranian Red Crescent as a Society with a very high capability and capacity not only in domestic level, but in the international level.” said Mr, Stocker.

“Under existing conditions, strong leadership, new ideas and a sense of interest in the needy and injured people will allow the Iranian Red Crescent’s humanitarian assistance to continue helping the affected people, despite the sanctions, and the effects of the sanctions become faint,” he added.

Referring to awareness-raising courses on mine risks that ICRC holds in Iran with the IRCS support, Mr, Stocker said: “Very new plans are being arranged in Iran that can provide effective ways of informing and preventing people from being harmed. The implementation of these new ideas and plans can mark Iran as a leading humanitarian country.”

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.