Iran, Switzerland and Syria coordinate on humanitarian aid for the Syrian people

Tehran, SANA- A meeting was held in Tehran on Wednesday between Iranian Assistant Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian, Syrian Adviser to Foreign and Expatriates Minister Ahmad Arnous, and Vice-Director and delegate for humanitarian aid at Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Manuel Bessler, in which they discussed the latest developments in Syria and means to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrian people, in addition to discussing inter-Syrian dialogue and developments in the region.

Abdullahian said during the meeting that Saudi Arabia’s decision to sever relations with Iran will affect inter-Syria talks, but Tehran is committed to these talks and will spare no efforts to go ahead with negotiations with UN officials and the Syrian government and hopes that the Saudi government will learn required lesson from history, describing the Saudi decision as an “irrational and unwise decision.”

In turn, Arnous affirmed that Saudi, Qatari and Turkish regimes are going ahead in their support to terrorist organizations, and this leads to the spread of terrorism in the Middle East region, adding that the main reason behind the humanitarian crisis in Syria is the continued support to the terrorist organizations and the unjust economic blockade imposed on Syria.

He added that the Syrian government established in 2012 the Higher Committee for Relief, tasked with the humanitarian aid all over the Syrian territories, affirming that the committee is cooperating with international organizations and NGOs operating in the relief sector.

For his part, Bessler expressed regret over Turkish government’s support to the terrorist organizations in the region which escalated the crisis.

A similar Syrian-Iranian-Swiss meeting was held in September 2015 in Tehran to discuss coordination about the humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, and that time Syria was represented by Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad.

Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh/ Mazen

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