Senior Iranian, German lawmakers hold talks

April 8, 2019 - 20:22

TEHRAN - Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has called for expansion of relations between Iran and Germany in economic and political areas.

During a meeting with Vice-President of the German Bundestag Claudia Roth in Doha on the sidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union summit, Larijani said Iran attaches great importance to expansion of relations and cooperation with Berlin.

Larijani also pointed to the fact that the United States has blocked the accounts of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) which was to receive foreign cash aid for flood victims in Iran, saying this is happening while Washington makes claims of support for human rights.

Since March 19, large parts of Iran have been inundated with flash floods. So far, about 70 people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. 24 provinces out of 31 have been affected by the flood. Some estimates have put the damages from floods more than two billion euros.

The IRCS said in a statement on Saturday that it has not received any cash for humanitarian aid from other countries for the flood victims as there are no monetary channel to receive cash.

For her part, Roth expressed sympathy with the Iranian people over the flood incident.

She also said her country attaches great importance to Iran’s role in the region and its contribution to the reconstruction of areas in Syria and elsewhere which have been destroyed by terrorists.


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