Iranian, Russian FMs discuss coronavirus outbreak on phone

TEHRAN, Mar. 25 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov held a phone conversation on the mutual cooperation in countering coronavirus global pandemic late on Tue.

Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement announced that both sides reviewed issues on the coronavirus pandemic and evaluated mutual collaboration in fighting the highly contagious disease as ‘excellent’.

During the telephone conversation, Lavrov underlined his country's determination to continue all-out trade and economic cooperation with Iran and help it increase agricultural exports for which the good neighbor needs under US illegal sanctions.

He also pointed out that Russia will resolutely ask Washington to remove its inhumane sanctions which have created obstacles in the way of the government's fight against the deadly coronavirus.

Earlier, Health Ministry Public Relations Office said that 8,913 people out of a total of 24,811 infected by the coronavirus have survived the deadly disease while 1,934 have lost their lives to it.

According to the statistics, 1,762 new affected cases of COVID-19 infections have been detected in Iran since Monday.

Over the last 24 hours, 122 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus in the country.

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