Iran opposes war in Ukraine, ready to help with relief (FM to Red Cross)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian renewed the call for a political settlement of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, saying Tehran is ready to cooperate with the International Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid.

In a phone call on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer discussed the delivery of aid to areas bordering Ukraine and the humanitarian situation. in Yemen and Afghanistan, as well as ways to strengthen bilateral relations.

Iran’s Foreign Minister stressed the importance of resolving the Ukrainian crisis politically and said, “War is not a solution.”

Immediately after the outbreak of the conflict, Iran began making efforts to support its citizens in Ukraine and set up a special committee within the Foreign Ministry to improve the humanitarian situation, he said.

The head of Iranian diplomacy called for strengthening cooperation between the ICRC and the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) in this regard.

On February 24, Russia launched an all-out military operation in Ukraine after the leaders of the self-proclaimed republic in the Donbass region called for help in the face of army shelling in Kiev. Moscow had just recognized the sovereignty of the separatist republics.

Moscow says the purpose of the invasion is to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.

According to UN estimates, at least one million Ukrainians have already fled to neighboring countries.

Maurer, for his part, briefed the Iranian foreign minister on his talks with Russian and Ukrainian officials regarding the sending of humanitarian aid, the exchange of dead soldiers and access to prisoners of war.

The ICRC president said that Ukraine was facing a difficult and critical situation.

Amir-Abdollahian and Maurer agreed that medical and relief teams from the IRCS and ICRC would be deployed to border areas to assist the displaced.

Iran explains abstention from UN anti-Russia resolution

Meanwhile, Iran’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, explained why Tehran abstained from voting on an anti-Russian UN General Assembly resolution.

“We believe that the current text of the resolution before the General Assembly lacks impartiality and realistic mechanisms to resolve the crisis through peaceful means. Moreover, not all UN member states have had the opportunity to engage in negotiations on the text of the resolution,” Takht Ravanchi said on Wednesday.

The United Nations General Assembly voted on Wednesday in favor of an anti-Russian resolution drafted by the United States and Albania. A similar resolution was not retained in the Security Council because Russia, a permanent member, vetoed it.

The Assembly adopted the resolution, with 141 votes for, 5 votes against and 35 abstentions.

He “deplores” the ongoing Russian military operation in Ukraine, demanding that Moscow cease fighting and withdraw its military forces.

Takht Ravanchi said Iran continues the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine with deep concern and reiterated Tehran’s principled stance on the need for peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law and for all the parties to fully respect the well-established provisions of the United Nations. Charter and international humanitarian law.

“We emphasize that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states must be fully respected and that the safety and security of all civilians must be guaranteed,” the Iranian diplomat said.

He stressed the importance of addressing the root causes of these crises in order to find lasting and long-term solutions to them, stating: “We note that the current complexities in the fragile region of Eastern Europe have been exacerbated by the provocative actions and decisions of the United States and NATO. Russia’s security concerns must be respected.

He expressed Iran’s opposition to wars and the destruction inflicted on civilian lives and infrastructure wherever it occurs.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for the urgent cessation of hostilities and the de-escalation of tensions in the current conflict. In this regard, Iran stresses the essential nature of dialogue to resolve issues of concern to all parties and lead to lasting results,” Takht Ravanchi added.

He urged the UN to avoid double standards, especially on issues related to the maintenance of international peace and security, saying: “It is regrettable that the UN, in particular the Security Council, has sometimes neglected this principle which undermined its credibility. One example is the Security Council’s handling of the conflict in Yemen.

He added that the Iranian government would continue to call for a “comprehensive, peaceful and lasting” resolution to the current conflict “including an immediate ceasefire and the start of dialogue as well as the provision of humanitarian assistance to people. in need”.

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