Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, stating that the recent devastating earthquake in Syria has aggravated the dire humanitarian situation of this country, called for the immediate, complete and unconditional lifting of unjustified sanctions against Damascus.

Iran PressAmerica: Amir Saeid Irvani, the ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, in his speech at the Security Council meeting on Syria added: "The recent devastating quake has further intensified the previously existing humanitarian crisis in Syria and turned it into a human catastrophe, as all infrastructures in that country have been destroyed there and this affects the people's capability to get access to minimum living needs."

The senior Iranian diplomat at the UN added that the terrible conditions of the quake victims in Syria necessitate increased humanitarian aids from a neutral stand and quite unbiassed, free from politicizing the issue or conditioning the termination of the sanctions, to make sure that the humanitarian aids will reach the people in need of them speedily.

He stated: "The continuous looting of Syria's natural resources by foreign forces, which has led to a severe shortage of fuel and the aggravation of the humanitarian situation must end."

Irvani emphasized that terrorism is still a serious threat to Syria and the region and must be dealt with decisively.

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations also said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns the recent terrorist attack by the Israeli regime on a civilian residential building in a densely populated area in the center of Damascus on February 19."

Iravani said that Iran was among the first countries that forwarded its humanitarian aids to both Syria and Turkiye with its full capacities. 219