Mar 27, 2020 21:06 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jun 01, 2020 07:27 Asia/Tehran]
  • Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati
    Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati

Tehran (IP) - Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati said the efforts to unfreezing Iran's assets in abroad and getting loan from International Monetary Fund are on positive track.

Iran PressIran news: "The Central Bank of Iran, in continuation of its active approach and efforts, is doing all in its power, with the cooperation and support of the respected Foreign Minister, to provide the foreign currency the country needs to procure medicines and medical equipment” Hemmati wrote in an Instagram post on Friday.

Efforts for swiftly obtaining a loan from the International Monetary Fund, as Iran’s legitimate and absolute right, and unfreezing of the CBI’s foreign currency funds that have been blocked illegally under the US government’s pressure are both on positive tracks, he added.

Hemmati further stressed that under the current serious conditions, it is necessary that countries face no restrictions in supplying their needs to fight the pandemic.

Earlier this month, the CBI asked the IMF for $5 billion emergency funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the US pressure, billions of dollars of Iran’s oil money and other funds are held up in several countries at a time when they are urgently needed to fight the novel coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Hemmati said some of Iran’s assets frozen in foreign accounts are likely to be freed up.

 “With the efforts of the Foreign Ministry and the Central Bank, some of the country’s frozen assets are likely to be released,” he told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Tehran Wednesday.

 “According to the information we have, these resources will probably be released,” he added.

Iran is unable to buy medicine and medical equipment due to US economic sanctions which the Trump administration has obstinately been tightening despite international calls to suspend them.

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday called on the international community "to stop observing the bully's sanctions," described it as a "moral imperative."

While international organizations and various countries emphasize the need to cooperate with Iran to contain Coronavirus, the US Secretary of State said on Wednesday that the maximum pressure on Iran will continue.

Despite the US claims that the medicine is not sanctioned, its inhumane sanctions have prevented Iran from accessing medicines and healthcare items to prevent the coronavirus outbreak and improve the corona-infected patients.

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