Australian Ambassador meets IRCS President
TEHRAN, 7 July 2020 (IRCS) - Australian Ambassador to Iran Ms Lyndall Sachs met with the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS)’s President, Karim Hemmati, discussing cooperation in areas such as combating Covid-19 pandemic.
During the meeting which was held at the IRCS Headquarters in Tehran on Monday, Julay 6, IRCS president outlined the Society’s activities since the coronavirus outbreak in Iran.
“Over the past five months, 155 international cargoes, including masks and other personal protective equipment, have been handed over to the Iranian Red Crescent Society for control of corona disease by governments and international institutions,” said IRCS president. “We appreciate the International Committee of the Red Cross, China, Japan, etc., which supported the Iranian people during the outbreak of Covid-19.”
Mr Hemmati also referred to public cash and in-kind contributions of the Iranian people for supporting the Red Crescent to help the families and people affected by the Covid-19. These contributions has reached over IRR 1,300 billion (nearly 31 million US dollars).
Iranian Red Crescent has distributed 300,000 livelihood parcels to deprived people and has provided personal protective items to 500,000 patients with canser and special patients.
Referring to widespread wildfires in Australia, IRCS president said that Iranian and Australian National Societies could cooperate on climate change areas and share their experiences.
In 2019, Australian Red Cross donated 470,000 Swiss francs to the Iranian Red Crescent to support Iran’s flood-affected people.
Ms Lyndall Sachs, Australian Ambassador to Iran referred to long-time cooperation between the Australian Red Cross and the Iranian Red Crescent, and said:" Australia was one of the first countries which helped the Iranian Red Crescent fight Covid-19 disease by prioritizing aid to Asian countries through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.”
“Australia is a rich country, but the sympathy and support that the Iranian people rendered on social media to people of Australia during the fires was very valuable to us,” she added.
Ms Sachs also said that Australia has a lot of experiences in firefighting and drought that can be shared with countries with similar conditions.
PHOTOS: Babak Javadzadeh/ IRCS