ICRC vice-president to visit Tehran soon to coordinate Iran’s aids to Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross will visit Iran in the near future to coordinate Iran’s humanitarian aid delivery to the people of Yemen, ICRC President Peter Maurer announced.

The announcement was made by Maurer in a telephone conversation with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Saturday night.

“We agreed on the visit of the ICRC vice-president for further coordination between ICRC and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) over the dispatch of Iran’s humanitarian aids to Yemen,” Maurer said.

He appreciated Iran for sending humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen, and said, “Over the past weeks the ICRC has taken all-out efforts to receive the agreement of the Saudi officials for the delivery of foodstuff and medical aid needed by the Yemeni people.”

Amir Abdollahian, for his part, pointed to the human tragedy in Yemen, and underlined the need for immediate dispatch of humanitarian aid, including medicine, foodstuff and fuel, to the civilians in the Arab country.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister strongly criticized Saudi Arabia’s lack of cooperation and blockade on humanitarian aid delivery to Yemen.

Iran has already sent five consignments of humanitarian aid to Yemen, including a total of 69 tons of relief, medical, treatment, and consumer items

Earlier this month, Head of the Yemeni Red Crescent Society Mohammad Ahmad al-Kebab in a letter to his Iranian counterpart Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziayee thanked Iran for the recent humanitarian and medical aid cargoes sent to his country.

“I appreciate the unsparing help and relief operations as well as the humanitarian attempts of the Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS),” al-Kebab said in his letter.

He expressed the hope that interactions and mutual cooperation between the two countries’ Red Crescent societies would increase in future.

The ICRC has deployed 300 aid workers, including foreigners, in Yemen, the Arab peninsula’s poorest country.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 25 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 2,655 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Five Persian Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait — and Egypt that are also assisted by Israel and backed by the US declared war on Yemen in a joint statement issued on March 26.

By Fars News Agency