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Sanctions are a Major Concern for Local Communities

TEHRAN (IRCS) – The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will support vulnerable people against sanctions.

On Sunday, May 8, a joint press conference was held between IFRC president, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and IRCS president in the Peace Building of the Iranian Red Crescent in Tehran, on the occasion of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.

“We need to address the issue of training much more broadly than ever before,” said Dr Pir Hossein Kolivand, IRCS President, during the conference. “International educators are coming to Iran soon, and on the other hand, Iranian teaching teams will be ready to transfer their knowledge in other foreign National Societies.”

Francesco Rocca, the IFRC President and the President of the Italian Red Cross, referred to the US sanction against Iran that has affected humanitarian services to people, saying: “The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement will definitely not be indifferent to the issue of the impact of sanctions and will defend and support the vulnerable so that they will suffer less from the sanctions.”

He added: “Sanctions are a major concern for local communities and we will do our utmost to help the vulnerable. We will not leave the Iranian Red Crescent alone and we will consult to provide assistance to Iran to deal with the existing crises.”

Referring to the food crisis in Yemen, Robert Mardini, Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, said: “16 million people sleep hungry at night. 24 million of its 30 million population are dependent on humanitarian aid.”

Mardini praised the efforts of the Iranian Red Crescent to vaccinate the migrants against Covid-19 and said: “We had a very close interaction with the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran last year regarding Afghan refugees and asylum seekers. A joint project between us and the Iranian Red Crescent was defined in the field of the vaccination of Afghan citizens on Iranian soil and successfully completed. Of course, part of the humanitarian aid to Afghan refugees is based on the presence of volunteers and the generosity from the Red Crescent Society of Iran.”

Furthermore, the Presidents of Iran and Italy's National Societies signed a MOU after the conference.