Foreign Policy
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:37
Envoy Thanks Russia for Supporting Iran’s Fight against Coronavirus
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Kazzem Jalali, in a meeting with Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing Anna Popova, expressed his country’s gratitude for Russia’s support for Tehran’s campaign against coronavirus.

In the meeting with Popova on Monday, Jalali seized the opportunity to thank her and Russian President in a recent talk with Iranian counterpart for announcing readiness of the Russian Federation to help Iran in combating the deadly virus.

The two sides exchanged their views regarding the measures taken by the two countries to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In this meeting, Jalali pointed to the measures taken in Iranian airports and expressed hope that some restrictions created in the field of issuance of visa for Iranians will be settled in the near future.

Federal Agency for Consumer Protection in Russia, which is running under the strict supervision of prime minister, is responsible for combating coronavirus and providing necessary equipment needed for combating this deadly virus in Russia.

Popova expressed her country's readiness to assist Iran in meeting its pharmaceutical and medical requirements in combating the outbreak of coronavirus.

She added, “Russia will remain with Iran to fight against the new coronavirus.”

In a tweet on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked the World Health Organization (WHO) and friendly nations for actively supporting Tehran in its campaign against the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Zarif thanked the world body and “friendly nations” for their solidarity with Iran in fighting new coronavirus (COVID-19) in the face of the US economic terrorism.

Iranian medical officials have assured that the country will contain the outbreak, noting that the condition of most of the patients diagnosed with the virus has improved.

The country has mobilized all its resources to confront the disease, with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iran’s Army being the latest to join the campaign Sunday.

Iran has received the first planeload of assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO), including eight tonnes of medicines and test kits, to help the country in its battle against the new coronavirus outbreak.

A United Arab Emirates military aircraft carrying the aid landed at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Monday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

Representatives of the UN's health agency have also arrived in Iran to examine the country's handling of the virus.  

Iran's Health Ministry announced that the disease has claimed 66 lives and infected 1,501 others so far. Also 291 people have fully recovered.

The WHO supplies, which are worth more than $300,000, include gloves, surgical masks and respirators.

Robert Blanchard with the WHO in Dubai warned that global supplies were running low and said, "Today's flight will carry 7.5 tonnes of medical equipment and supplies, primarily the critical items needed for infection prevention and control to support health care workers in Iran."

"What we see now is that demand has greatly exceeded our available stocks ... and we are struggling to get access to more supplies," he added.

He noted that the WHO dispatched a six-member medical team of doctors, epidemiologists and laboratory specialists who will help Iran detect and control the coronavirus, adding that it was the first WHO team to be sent to Iran since the outbreak of the disease.

Meanwhile, WHO operations manager Nevien Attalla said some 15,000 Iranian health workers would benefit from the supplies, the "first big shipment which supports the response to coronavirus."





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