1 October 2023

IRCS, ICRC to sign MOU in responding to crises

TEHRAN/GENEVA, 13 September 2023 (IRCS) – A group of directors from the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) is in Geneva, Switzerland, to pay a visit to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), aiming to exchange professional experiences with these institutions.

The IRCS delegation includes the Secretary General, Under Secretary General for International Affairs and International Humanitarian Law division, Under Secretary General for Health, Treatment, Rehabilitation division, as well as the executives of the divisions of Education, Youth, Programming, and Action evaluation.

During the meeting between Robert Mardini, the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the IRCS delegation, Mr. Mardini expressed his satisfaction with the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding between IRCS and ICRC. He stated that this memorandum, within the framework of ICRC's missions and based on existing and new needs, can greatly contribute to a better response to crises.

Acknowledging the Iranian Red Crescent as a valuable partner in the Middle East, Mr. Mardini emphasized the significance of cooperation and partnership between the ICRC and the IRCS.

 He highlighted the extensive knowledge and experience of the Iranian Red Crescent in aiding migrants, refugees, and people impacted by conflicts, positioning it as a crucial and effective collaborative institution for the ICRC in the region.

Furthermore, Mr. Mardini assured the Iranian Red Crescent of the Red Cross's support and assistance as one of their partners.

 In his part, Yaghoub Soleimani, the IRCS Secretary General, welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding as a roadmap for enhanced cooperation between the Iranian Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross. He further emphasized the capabilities and potential of the Iranian Red Crescent in serving immigrants, particularly the five million Afghan immigrants in Iran who have access to necessary facilities in education and health. 

“Despite the challenges posed by sanctions, the Red Crescent has made many efforts to ensure the well-being of immigrants,” Dr Soleimani said.

He also highlighted the Iranian Red Crescent's activities in the field of volunteers and the Arbaeen walk, and expressed appreciation for ICRC's cooperation in providing public education to areas in the country affected by mines and explosives since the Iran-Iraq war in the 80s. 


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