Iran President Hassan Rouhani

Tehran (IP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his Austrian counterpart stressed the need for comprehensive international cooperation to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, voiced their countries' readiness to share experiences and strengthen cooperation in battling COVID-19.

Iran Press/Iran News: In a phone conversation on Wednesday, Hassan Rouhani and Alexander Van der Bellen described the US sanctions as an obstacle to providing Iran's medical needs, expressing their opposition to the continuation of the sanctions.

"Despite the current difficult conditions for fighting against coronavirus, the United States continues to impose sanctions on Iran's pharmaceutical and medical needs," Iranian President added.

He also referred to the US opposition to the emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund for funding Tehran to fight the virus.

"We believe that the European Union should take more serious action in the current situation towards its commitments to international issues and the UN Security Council," Rouhani reiterated. 

Emphasizing that all efforts should be focused on lifting sanctions and resolving disputes and ending wars and conflicts, Iran's President said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran seeks peace and stability in the region and expects Europe to put pressure on the Zionist regime not to allow the regime to turn its attention to Syria and Lebanon, and to continue the siege of Gaza, regardless of the global pandemic." 

Meanwhile, the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen voiced his country's interest in developing cooperation with Iran and readiness to transfer experiences in the fight against coronavirus. 

"The Republic of Austria and the European Union oppose US sanctions against Iran and continue their cooperation with Tehran," the Austrian President emphasized. 

Alexander Van der Bellen went on to add, "We are trying to improve relations between Iran and Europe without being influenced by the United States." 

The two sides also stressed the need to strengthen the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).


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