Iran supports aid delivery to Afghanistan regardless of political issues

2021-12-19 19:55:15
Iran supports aid delivery to Afghanistan regardless of political issues

Iran’s foreign minister says the Islamic Republic supports delivery of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan regardless of political issues and keeps its borders open for this purpose.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Sunday meeting with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad.

Congratulating the Pakistani prime minister for holding the meeting, Iran’s top diplomat underscored the necessity of sending humanitarian aid to Afghanistan as soon as possible.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports dispatch of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan regardless of political issues,” Amir-Abdollahian said, adding, “To this end, while keeping its borders open, the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to cooperate with all countries to get aid to people of Afghanistan.”

Around 300,000 Afghan refugees have entered Iran following the collapse of the Kabul government and the Taliban’s takeover, at a time when the Iranian nation is facing unilateral sanctions and the international humanitarian bodies are keeping silent on such “inhumane” bans.

Afghanistan is facing what UN agencies have described as “one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters” since the collapse of Kabul in mid-August.

Addressing the 112th session of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council earlier this month, Mahdi Aliabadi, the deputy permanent representative of Iran at the UN headquarters in Geneva, said the international community must speed up the delivery of humanitarian aid not only to Afghanistan but also to its neighboring states hosting a large flux of Afghan refugees before the winter encroaches.

The US military withdrew its forces from Afghanistan 20 years after they invaded the country to topple the Taliban, in a war that killed, according to one estimate, between 897,000 and 929,000 people.

Since the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan, the US and its allies have imposed sanctions on the country and deprived Afghans of any aid and assistance on the pretext of pressuring the Taliban.

However, human rights activists maintain that economic sanctions generally do not punish the rulers, but rather, hurt the population, lead to mass starvation, and fuel extremism in the targeted country.

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