Dr. Rouhani at the Virtual Summit of Heads of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group Member States (Excerpts)

US' antihuman actions posed challenges to Iran's programmes to fight coronavirus
May 4, 2020

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Ladies and gentlemen;

At a time when coronavirus has become a common threat to global security and public health, and the World Health Organisation is at the forefront of the global fight against coronavirus, weakening the World Health Organisation means weakening the global fight against coronavirus, and is an untimely and unjustifiable move. The US government's hasty and irresponsible move to deprive the World Health Organisation of the funds it needs should be seen as another strategic mistake by the government that poses challenges to the common global fight with coronavirus. Of course, nothing more can be expected from the US government, which has unilaterally withdrawn from valid international agreements and repeatedly violated international law.

For years, the United States has imposed unilateral and illegal sanctions, not only depriving the Iranian people of access to their rights, but also threatening multilateralism and international cooperation. While all countries in the world are planning and cooperating to counter this threat and supply the items they need from other countries, Iran is also looking to supply its own medical requirements and equipment according to its medical needs, but unfortunately, due to US' illegal and unilateral sanctions, companies producing these items are not able to offer their products to Iran when needed. Due to this anti-human rights action by the United States, the provision of medical supplies for Iran has naturally been longer and sometimes impossible, and Iran's targeted programme to combat the spread of the virus has become difficult and challenging.