Mar 23, 2020 04:20 UTC
  • Pakistan PM calls on Trump to lift Iran sanctions as country fights virus outbreak

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged US President Donald Trump to lift unilateral sanctions that his administration has imposed on Iran as Tehran is engaged in a diligent fight against the ongoing pandemic of the deadly new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

According to Press TV, Khan made the remarks in a Sunday tweet, urging the American president to lift Iran sanctions “till the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”

“I want to appeal to President Trump on humanitarian grounds to lift the sanctions against Iran till the COVID19 pandemic is over,” he said.

Pakistan's PM added that at a time that “the people of Iran are facing untold suffering” the brutal sanctions that the United States has imposed on the country “are crippling Iran's efforts to fight COVID19.”

This is not the first time that Khan has urged the US to lift the illegal sanctions it has imposed on Iran on humanitarian grounds to ease the country's fight against new coronavirus outbreak.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, the Khan said that the United States should lift its unjust sanctions on Iran to help the neighboring country better deal with the health crisis.

"I would stress and insist to the international community to lift the sanctions on Iran," Khan said, adding, "It is very unjust they are dealing with such a large outbreak on one side, and on the other they are facing international sanctions."

Pakistan FM: Islamabad taking steps to get Iran sanctions lifted

Khan's tweet came after Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said earlier on Sunday that his country is making diplomatic efforts to get Iran sanctions lifted, especially under current circumstances when the country is fighting a pitched battle to curb an outbreak of new coronavirus.

Qureshi made the remarks in a phone call on Sunday with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

According to a statement released by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, during the call, Qureshi informed Zarif of the diplomatic efforts undertaken by his country at international level to get Iran sanctions removed as well as the latest position taken by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on this issue.

Economic sanctions against Iran should be lifted and Islamabad has informed world powers of the necessity of this matter, the top Pakistani diplomat said.

The statement further quoted Qureshi as saying that he has been in contact with ambassadors of the P5+1 group of countries which signed a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in 2015, calling on them to lift sanctions re-imposed on Tehran following Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the accord.