Selin ATAY-TDO-Pakistan on Friday urged the international community, including the U.S., to lift longstanding economic sanctions on Iran to enable it to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
In a Twitter post, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called for the lifting of the sanctions on human grounds so that it can "use its resources to save precious human lives."
"The entire global community is facing an unprecedented pandemic. We must, as leaders, at a time of great challenge and difficulty, show utmost sanctions must be lifted against Iran, in this moment of perils, so that it can use its resources to save precious human lives," he said.
His statement followed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan requesting him to play a role to help lift the grinding sanctions that, according to Tehran, has badly hampered its fight against coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif dialed his Japanese counterpart according to a statement from Iran's Foreign Ministry.
"U.S. sanctions create obstacles to the supply of medical supplies and medicines needed to stop the Coronavirus outbreak in Iran. We call on the Japanese government to step up its efforts to lift unilateral and illegal US sanctions." Zarif said to his Japanese counterpart.
Zarif also appreciated Japan for its assistance to Iran to combat the virus. Stating that his country's aid to Iran will continue, "Japan will donate medicine to help Kovid-19 patients as well as monetary aid." Japan's Foreign Minister Motegi said.