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2022-May-21  13:54

Iranian Envoy: Unilateral Sanctions Exacerbate Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi called unilateral sanctions against Syria as irresponsible and immoral, warning that embargoes have worsened the humanitarian crisis in the war-hit country.

The conflict, foreign intervention, terrorism, and occupation have wreaked havoc on Syria, Takht Ravanchi said, addressing a UN Security Council session on ‘The Situation in the Middle East: (Syria)’.

He blasted the western countries for continuing their unilateral sanctions against Syria, saying that the unilateral sanctions have exacerbated economic and humanitarian crises in the country in recent years.

Takht Ravanchi said that it is “irresponsible, immoral, and illegal” under international law “to use unilateral sanctions to starve Syrian civilians”.

“Under the current circumstances, the provision of humanitarian aid is critical, and political circumstances should not be allowed to stymie humanitarian aid,” he asserted.

”Furthermore, these illegal measures have also hampered the Syrian government's ability to achieve economic and social stability and improve the living conditions of Syrians,” the diplomat said.

Takht Ravanchi pointed out that the sanctions were also coming in the way of enactment of the Security Council Resolution 2585, which has mandated the transfer of humanitarian assistance into Syria via the country’s Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey.

“Despite the fact that resolution 2585 supports early recovery and reconstruction projects, as well as the provision of basic services, unfortunately, continued unilateral sanctions have stymied the resolution's implementation, impeding Syria's reconstruction efforts and hampered humanitarian aid delivery in various ways, even delaying the return of refugees and displaced persons,” he said.

“Claiming to care about the difficult humanitarian situation in Syria while backing and imposing unilateral sanctions against the Syrian people is hypocritical,” the envoy said.

He also condemned Israel's continued occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights as well as the regime’s repeated violations of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The remarks were made about the occupying regime’s frequent air raids on Syria, mostly targeting the Syrian army and its allies.

“We demand that the Security Council hold this regime accountable for such acts of aggression and malice,” said the official.

Syria has been in the throes of foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. While the ISIL takfiri terrorist group was crushed by the Syrian government, the militant groups continue to hold sway in some parts of the country under the patronage of Western powers.

Numerous reports have pointed to the US’ role in transferring ISIL terrorists to the war-ravaged country and even airlifting supplies to the group.

Last year, the US government imposed sweeping economic sanctions against Syria amid the Arab nation’s uphill battle for reconstruction and recovery.