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Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:35AM
A file photo of Syrian refugees in Jordan

A file photo of Syrian refugees in Jordan

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi says Iran is ready to help UN and the Syrian government provide humanitarian aid for the Syrian people.

In a meeting with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, Sarmadi stressed Tehran’s attempts to resolve the Syrian crisis through diplomatic means and said Iran is ready to send humanitarian aid to Syrian people both inside and outside the country.

The Iranian official censured the discriminatory and political attitude towards sending humanitarian assistance to Syria and urged the UN to play a more active role in providing fair and extensive services for all Syrian people in different parts of the country.

Sarmadi announced Tehran’s readiness to cooperate with the UN and the Syrian government to facilitate and accelerate the process of extending humanitarian relief to the beleaguered country.

Ertharin Cousin said in this meeting that the United Nations World Food Programme, irrespective of political issues, just aims to perform its principal duty to provide services for refugees and immigrants, particularly in crisis-stricken areas such as Syria.

She also referred to her recent visit to Damascus and her negotiations with the Syrian government officials to extend humanitarian aid to Syrian people and refugees.

Syria has been gripped by a deadly crisis since March 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence in Syria. In December 2013, the UN warned that the number of Syrian refugees will almost double in 2014.


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