Foreign Policy
Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:21
Tehran, New Delhi Ramp up Joint Efforts to Contain Coronavirus
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and India are conducting a series of coordinated measures to help their nationals in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak with fast visa issuance for medical personnel and emergency flights for evacuating stranded nationals.

Iran's Embassy in New Delhi announced that given the emergency situation, Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to launch a number of flights to immediately evacuate all aliens left on both sides.

Tehran has also responded positively to its cooperation with India in testing Indian citizens before leaving Iran. Accordingly, the Iranian Embassy facilitated and accelerated the issuance of visas for six experts from the Medical Research Council and the Indian Ministry of Health to Tehran.

Iranian Embassy added that the first Iranian flight carrying Indians left in the country will leave Tehran for New Delhi on March 7 and fly back home with Iranian nationals.

Since the outbreak of coronavirus in Asia and Europe, Iran has called for collective measures to contain the spread of infection, and different Iranian officials have hold talks with their counterparts in Asian and European countries to discuss the ways to counter the bio-threat.

Iranian officials are holding regular rounds of meetings and telephone consultations to exchange views on how to counter the infection.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif and his Kuwaiti counterpart Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, in a telephone conversation, voiced their respective governments’ resolution to bolster joint efforts against the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Last Tuesday, Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammad Farzamand met and held talks with Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca. In the meeting, the two sides said Tehran and Ankara are determined to ramp up joint efforts against further spread of coronavirus.

Last Monday, Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a phone talk on the recent developments related to the coronavirus outbreak in Iran and the ways to tackle it and the need to maintain and strengthen relationships.

 

 

 

 

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