Iran UN envoy stresses need to remove sanctions against Syria

TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) – An Iranian diplomat called for the removal of all unilateral and cruel sanctions against Syria, noting that such coercive measures have affected Syrian people's living.

"We as a country which has been under cruel sanctions for decades, condemn the use of food and medicine bans, because such actions are irresponsible, immoral and illegal," said Zahra Ershadi, ambassador and deputy permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, while speaking in a UN Security Council meeting on humanitarian developments in Syria.

Resorting to such tactics, she continues, has only extended the period of suffering for the Syrian people, postponed the return of refugees and hindered efforts to reconstruct the war-torn country, according to IRNA.

Therefore, lifting of the unilateral sanctions should be one of the main issues discussed when it comes to paying attention to humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Syria, she noted.

The Syrian people should be assisted so as to reduce their agony, pave the way for the Syrian refugees' return to their homeland and play a role in long-term stability of the country, the official urged.

The permanent member states and observer states of the UN Security Council as well as Syria, Turkey and Iran convened on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the West Asia and Syria.

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