Iranian Diplomat, UN Official Consult on Humanitarian Aid to Syria
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for African and Middle Eastern Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian held talks with UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Valerie Amos on dispatching humanitarian aid to Syria.
In a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Amir Abdollahian and Amos explored avenues for providing humanitarian assistance for the people of the crisis-hit country.
According to reports, Amos is scheduled to pay a visit to Tehran for more coordination in this regard.
In early April, Syria's state media reported that 30,000 tons of food supplies, sent by Iran as part of humanitarian aid for the Syrian refugees, were delivered to the country.
In a similar development earlier in February, Iranian Red Crescent Society dispatched the second consignment of humanitarian supplies this year to the displaced Syrians who have taken refuge in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.
In October, 2013, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Lebanon, Fabrizio Carbone, praised Iran for the humanitarian aid it has delivered to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. The UN says more than 130,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the unrest in 2011. More than 2.2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries while an estimated 4.25 million have been displaced internally.