UN humanitarian chief follows up FM Zarif’s letter

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TEHRAN, Oct. 11 (MNA) – Following FM Zarif’s letter to UN Chief on Yemen crisis, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien pursued the issue at a meeting with Iran’s Permanent Representative to UN Gholamali Khoshroo.

In a letter to UN Chief, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had voiced Iran’s outrage and abhorrence at the catastrophic Saudi airstrikes on the funeral ceremony in the Yemeni city of Sana'a.

Zarif had also voiced the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s readiness to send humanitarian and medical aid to Yemeni people and help with the transfer of the injured to Iranian hospitals.

Accordingly, UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien, at a follow-up meeting with Iran’s Permanent Representative to UN Gholamali Khoshroo, said a great portion of international aid to Yemen in now managed through the mechanism created by the United Nations (UN) and in coordination with coalition forces though the UN would welcome any initiative in this regard.

Also at the meeting, Iran’s Khoshroo emphasized that, in view of deteriorating situations on Yemen and the vast destruction caused by the recent attack on a funeral ceremony in Sana'a, immediate action is needed as many of the injured require urgent medical services; otherwise, the number of victims will soar.

“Accordingly, the Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran has voiced its willingness to send humanitarian aid including medical assistance to the Yemeni people and help transfer the injured to Iran,” reiterated the Iranian official urging the UN to help create and facilitate administrative arrangements in the shortest possible time.”

O'Brien noted that previous experiences have shown that doing coordination with the coalition for supplying aid via air proves to be very difficult and complex.

Also in response to reporters’ question on the letter of Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN spokesperson said “the letter has been delivered and is being investigated.”

“Secretary-General Ki-moon welcomes any proposal for aid to Yemen especially in view of the fact that the financial resources to help Yemen are minimal,” he underlined asserting “we seek to deploy unhindered humanitarian aid to Yemen and provide conditions for treatment or transfer out of the country of wounded people though, unfortunately, these objectives have not been realized yet."

It is noteworthy that the issue of aid to Yemen is being investigated at different levels between Iranian representative and UN officials.

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