Iran strongly responds over Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s appeal to US President Donald Trump regarding Iran sanctions

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Iran strongly responds over Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s appeal to US President Donald Trump regarding Iran sanctions

ISLAMABAD - Iran strongly responds over Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s appeal to US President Donald Trump regarding Iran sanctions.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated his demand to US President Donald Trump of halting sanctions on coronavirus-hit Iran to enable the neighbouring country to win battle against COVID-19 epidemic.

“I want to appeal to President Trump on humanitarian grounds to lift the sanctions against Iran till the COVID19 pandemic is over. The people of Iran are facing untold suffering as sanctions are crippling Iran’s efforts to fight COVID19. Humanity must unite to fight this pandemic,” he wrote on his official Twitter handle on Sunday.

Iran is one of the worst coronavirus-hit country where one person is dying every 10 minutes with almost 20,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and over 1,430 deaths.

The COVID-19 outbreak there is one of the deadliest outside China, where the disease originated.

The statement comes hours after Iran praised Pakistan’s diplomatic efforts for lifting of the US sanctions against Tehran.

“Foreign Minister Javad Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s reaffirmation of support and solidarity and call to lift sanctions on Iran, in view of COVID-19,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office said on Sunday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart and conveyed deep concern and sorrow over the tragic loss of innocent lives in the ongoing pandemic, it added. “Foreign Minister commended the government and people of Iran for valiantly combating the COVID-19 global pandemic.”

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