ICRC Lauds Iran's Aid to Yemenis

ICRC Lauds Iran's Aid to YemenisICRC Lauds Iran's Aid to Yemenis

First Vice-President Ishaq Jahangiri, in a meeting with Peter Maurer, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said Iran is ready to increase humanitarian aid to Yemen through the ICRC.

Jahangiri stressed the need for "a more active ICRC role in providing humanitarian aid to Yemen," IRNA reported.

Maurer said ICRC seeks to increase cooperation with Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to help people in conflict-affected areas, and praised Iran efforts in assisting the people of Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

"At present, 20 million people in Yemen are entirely dependent on humanitarian aid, including food and medicine," Maurer noted and expressed satisfaction over the "fruitful cooperation between ICRC and Iran."

So far, more than 4,000 people have been killed in Yemen, half of them women and children. Additionally, 20,000 were injured and 300,000 displaced since the conflict intensified in March.

He also referred to the eight year Iraq-Iran war, (1980-1988), known as Sacred Defense in Iran, and said ICRC played an important role in facilitating release of Iranian prisoners of war and repatriation to their families.

Jahangiri hailed the committee's support in the search of missing war soldiers after the war, within the framework of the trilateral agreement between Iran, Iraq and ICRC.

The ICRC head also visited Qom and met religious leaders. "Effective and continuous cooperation and exchange of experience with scholars in religious studies can be effective in promoting human rights in the world," he said.