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IRCS calls for lifting obstacles to international aid

TEHRAN (IRCS) - In the session of the IFRC Governing Board, the president of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) criticized the obstacles which have affected the humanitarian aid of the National Societies in international disasters including the war in Ukraine.

The 45th meeting of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is held on March 15-18, virtually, and the Iranian Red Crescent, as a member of the IFRC Governing Board, has a key role in approving various decisions.

During the first day of the meeting, the Russia invasion of Ukraine took up a significant part of the time of the meeting.

Criticizing the obstacles affecting participation of the National Societies in responding to international disasters, Dr Pir Hossein Kolivand, the IRCS President, said:“The Iranian Red Crescent Society is the only Muslim member accepted as the Federation's partner in the emergency treatment in international disasters and was one of the first National Societies in the world announced its readiness to establish a field hospital in Poland’s border,but so far, coordination has not been made for the presence of Iranian aid workers.”

“I ask Mr. Francesco Roca, the President of the Federation, and this meeting, to facilitate participation of the National Societies in international operations,” added Kolivand.

Appreciating the effective response of the Iranian Red Crescent to disasters around the world, IFRC President said:“The unparalleled activities of the Iranian Red Crescent in international disasters can't be forgotten.Thank you for the generosity of the Iranian Red Crescent, and I know that you are providing humanitarian assistance around the world with exemplary generosity to the victims.”

Francesco Rocca also asked the Secretary General of the Federation to consider the IRCS president’s suggestion.

Furthermore, Ms. Birgitte Bischoff Ebbesen, IFRC’s Regional Director for Europe, thanked the suggestion of Mr Kolivand.