New York (IP) – Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations lambasted the imposition of sanctions by some governments that use them as political leverage in their bilateral relations.

Iran PressAmerica: Speaking at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday evening, Majid Takht-Ravanchi stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers unilateral coercive measures as one of the main obstacles to international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and also one of the main sources of creation of humanitarian crises around the world.

Iran's UN envoy noted that the international community is facing emerging challenges in trying to address the humanitarian emergency condition.

He further pointed out that the critical humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, and Yemen has caused great pain and suffering to the people of the region and added that the massive influx of Afghan refugees into neighboring countries had exacerbated the catastrophe.

Takht-Ravanchi underlined that as a country exposed to a variety of natural disasters such as earthquakes, droughts, dust, and sandstorms, the Islamic Republic of Iran has severely been damaged by illegal unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States.

In line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a practical step is expected to be taken under the strict supervision of the United Nations to strengthen cooperation with regional countries, especially neighboring states, in controlling disasters such as dust, he said.

Iran also supported the statement made by the Pakistani representative on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

Group-77 and China pointed to the negative social and economic effects of unilateral coercive measures and negative consequences of these sanctions on the capacity of target countries to respond effectively to humanitarian challenges, including COVID-19, and reiterated commitments of governments to lift and refrain from imposing sanctions.


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