Iran, Switzerland Officials Coordinate Relief Efforts to Help Syrian Refugees
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – High-ranking officials representing Iran and Switzerland held bilateral meeting in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss the ways to facilitate the delivery of the humanitarian aid to crisis-torn Syria.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian and Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) Manuel Bessler took part in the meeting, here in Tehran on Tuesday.
During the meeting, both the Iranian and Swiss officials emphasized that the Syrian nation should have the pivotal role in any political process in the Arab country, with Bessler expressing his gratitude to Iran for its initiative in holding such meetings to alleviate the suffering of Syrians.
Amir Abdollahian, for his part, praised the Swiss government for the humanitarian aid it has provided for the war-torn Syrian people, expressing the hope that this round of negotiations on “practical and executable steps” to deliver humanitarian assistance into Syria would make progress.
The Iranian deputy minister also described as relatively appropriate the status quo for the delivery of aid to the Arab country.
In a separate development earlier in January, Amir Abdollahian had travelled to Kuwait to participate in the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, which aimed to attract international support for the Syrian refugees.
Moreover, Iranian Red Crescent Society announced on February 1 that it has dispatched the second consignment of humanitarian supplies this year to the displaced Syrians who have taken refuge in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.
The consignment has been delivered to the Red Crescent societies of Jordan and Iraq, as well as Lebanon's Red Cross society, to be handed out to the Syrian refugees in those three countries.
Millions of Syrians have been driven from their homes as a result of the crisis, now in its third year, and getting aid to many of those in need remains a challenge because they remain trapped in communities besieged by the fighting.
The United Nations warns that 9.3 million people inside Syria need assistance as the conflict grinds on, including some 6.5 million inside Syria who have been driven from their homes.
More than 2 million people have been uprooted from their homes, many scattered in refugee camps and informal settlements dotting neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.