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Envoy: Iran Losing Ability to Support Afghan Refugees due to US Sanctions

Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said that Tehran will not be able to continue support for the Afghan refugees if the US cruel sanctions against the country persist.

The Islamic Republic has been providing various instances of assistance to the Afghan refugees—thousands of whom enter the Iranian territory every day—amid the United States’ inhumane sanctions that “have created tremendous difficulties for our government and people”, Takht Ravanchi said on Wednesday, addressing a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan.

“Due to the imposition of US sanctions, our financial resources are restrained. Obviously, if the international community fails to provide sufficient assistance to the Afghan people living in Iran in a timely manner, we will be unable, on our own, to continue our support to Afghan refugees,” he added.

“We, once again, call on the international community and in particular donor countries to live up to their responsibilities and extend new and additional financial resources to Afghanistan’s neighbors to help refugees and displaced persons,” Takht Ravanchi stated.

The US reimposed sanctions against Iran in 2018 after unilaterally and illegally leaving a 2015 agreement with the Islamic Republic and other countries. 

Washington strictly refuses to relax the bans even for such staples as food and medicine, although the Security Council Resolution 2615, which was adopted unanimously last year, exempts humanitarian assistance and other activities from sanctions regimes.

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