Iran urges cooperation for aid to crisis-hit people in region
Press TV -(Sun Aug 17, 2014) Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has emphasized the necessity of synergy among countries in the Middle East to help those affected by violence and extremism across the region.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos in Tehran on Sunday.
He stressed the necessity of regional cooperation to pave the ground for sending and distributing humanitarian aid to the affected people in Syria and Iraq.
The top Iranian diplomat also highlighted the need for relief aid delivery to defenseless people in the Gaza Strip amid the Israeli regime’s latest onslaught on the blockaded enclave.
Nearly 2,000 Palestinians, including 470 children, have lost their lives and about 10,200 have been wounded since the Israeli military unleashed fatal assaults on the densely-inhabited Strip on July 8.
According to latest reports, Iran’s humanitarian aid supplies to the Gaza Strip are currently awaiting permission to be dispatched to the war-stricken enclave through the Rafah border crossing.
The UN official, for his part, outlined plans by the world body to provide Iraq with aid and expressed gratitude for the Islamic Republic’s cooperation in dispatching aid to Syria.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly conflict since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 160,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the turmoil that has gripped the country.
Iraq also plunged into crisis in early June after Takfiri ISIL militants took control of large swathes of the Arab country. The ISIL has vowed to continue its raid towards the capital city of Baghdad.
Soldiers of the Iraqi army have been engaged in heavy fighting with the militants in different fronts and have so far been able to push them back in several areas.