Zarif: Iranian, Syrian Nations Victims of US Medical Terrorism
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US economic sanctions that prevented transferring drugs and medical equipment to Iran and Syria hurt the people of the two countries amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in Damascus on Wednesday.
He hailed the victories achieved by Syria in the face of the US campaign of economic terrorism in imposing sanctions on Damascus, saying the Iranian and Syrian nations had fallen victim to the US medical terrorism, which deprived both countries of access to vaccines amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Zarif underlined Iran's support for Syria, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the Syrian government and people against the sinister phenomenon of extremism and terrorism."
Mekdad, for his part, appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for the Syrian people and government, and stressed the need for cooperation between the two countries in international and regional organizations, as well as strengthening ties and cooperation between the two countries.
The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on September 12, 2020 blasted the US administration for blocking the country’s efforts to receive loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fight against coronavirus, saying that the American officials have forgotten humanity.
“We demanded the IMF for $5bln to assist us during the coronavirus outbreak for vaccine and medicine; all parties have voiced their agreement, but the US does not allow us to take the loan. They have distanced themselves from humanity to such an extent,” Rouhani said.
He added that even the friendly states whose banks are holding Iran’s money have been pressured by the US not to provide the country with access to its assets.
“History has not witnessed such a crime, as you may not find any other country that cannot withdraw money from foreign banks to purchase and import medicine for its people,” Rouhani said.
He, meantime, said that the Americans are angry with the Iranian government's appropriate management of the coronavirus outbreak despite the harshest-ever sanctions imposed on the country.