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UN Resident Coordinator meets IRCS President

TEHRAN, 7 October 2019 (IRCS) – UN Resident Coordinator in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ugochi Daniels met with Ali Asghar Peyvandi, President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to discuss the effects of the US sanctions on serving the flood-affected families in Iran.

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UN Resident Coordinator meets IRCS President

During the meeting which was held at IRCS headquarters on October 6, Prof, Peyvandi outlined the Iranian Red Crescent’s efforts to support the people and families who were affected by the country’s March and April floods.

“The Iranian Red Crescent, as well as the people of Iran, expects the UN and humanitarian agencies to work out a solution to reduce sanctions on Iran so that the Red Crescent could also send international aids to flood-affected people.”

IRCS president added that not opening a way for the transfer of international humanitarian aids to Iran would certainly leave a big question mark in the minds of National Societies, the Iranian Red Crescent and other humanitarian institutions around the world.

“We hope that you, as the UN representative in Iran with a lot of experience in the humanitarian field, succeed in opening a way for receiving this assistance and leave a great track record in the field of humanitarian services,” said the IRCS president.

For her part, Ms, Ugochi Daniels appreciated the leadership and constructive role of the Iranian Red Crescent in humanitarian activities, and added: “Effects of the sanctions on responding to disasters and humanitarian activities in Iran is one of the humanitarian concerns for Iran that I have always mentioned in contact with the UN Headquarters.”

She also said that she noted the effects of sanctions on Iran’s floods, including humanitarian activities to provide nutrition and health.

Ms, Ugochi Daniels said that the UN secretariat in New York had come to a better understanding of the impact of sanctions on Iran and had been convinced to pursue it.

Heavy rainfalls and storms continued for weeks from mid-March to April 2019 onwards and resulted in flooding in almost all of Iran’s 31 provinces. The floods affected 10 million people, leaving 2 million in need of humanitarian assistance. 78 people were killed and more than 1,136 injured in the floods.