|UN official hails Iran’s humanitarian efforts in the region||
TEHRAN – UN humanitarian chief has praised Iran for its humanitarian efforts in regional countries, including Syria, meant to reduce the pain and suffering of the people.
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday.
The UN official also praised the capabilities and experience of Iranian relief agencies and called for increased cooperation between them and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) meant to utilize Iran’s potential in the process of providing humanitarian assistance in the region and other parts of the world.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ms. Amos expressed concern over the continuation of insecurity in Syria and the resulting increase in the number of refugees and displaced people and expressed hope that the Syrian crisis would be resolved politically and stability and security would return to the Arab country through efforts by influential countries, including Iran.
The Iranian foreign minister also pointed to a good record of cooperation between Iran and the United Nations in relief operations in the region, including the provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees and immigrants, and said that the Islamic Republic was ready to expand cooperation with the United Nations.
In addition, Zarif expressed hope that the United Nations in cooperation with the world’s influential countries would play a constructive role to help diplomatic efforts meant to resolve the Syrian crisis succeed.
Farhan Haq, the associate spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, had previously said that during her visit to Tehran Ms. Amos would focus on expanding regional cooperation on humanitarian assistance and enhancing the partnership between Iran and the OCHA.
OCHA to open office in Iran
Ms. Amos and Iranian deputy foreign minister for legal affairs, Abbas Araqchi, also signed a cooperation agreement on Sunday.
Under the agreement, the OCHA will open an office in Iran.
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