Former world officials call on US to lift anti-Iran sanctions to fight Covid-19

TEHRAN, Apr. 06 (MNA) – A group of 24 senior diplomats and defense officials, including four former NATO secretary generals, have urged US President Donald Trump to lift sanctions imposed against Iran which has impeded country’s effort in the fight against coronavirus global pandemic.

They also called on Trump to save “potentially hundreds of thousands of lives” across the Middle East by easing medical and humanitarian sanctions on Iran, The Guardian reported.

The call has the backing of the former EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini, the former director general of the World Health Organization Gro Harlem Brundtland, and senior American diplomats in the Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations.

Trump reimposed sanctions on Tehran in May 2018 after withdrawing from the JCPOA.

Signatories include the former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, former US defense secretaries William Cohen and Chuck Hagel, former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency Hans Blix, former US treasury secretary Paul O’Neill, the former US lead diplomat on the Iran deal, William Burns, and the former NATO secretary general George Robertson.

As of Monday, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran has reached 60,500, with a total death toll of 3,739.

Iran’s Health Ministry said that 2,274 more cases have tested positive with the virus in the past 24 hours, increasing the total number of infections in Iran to 60,500.

The report put the number of those who lost their lives to the virus in the past 24 hours at 136, which brings the total death toll to 3,739 in Iran.

MNA/PR

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