Apr 28, 2020 15:58 UTC
  • US violating international health regulations regardless of COVID-19 outbreak: President Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at the United States for intensifying its illegal sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, saying the US is even violating international healthcare regulations despite a novel coronavirus pandemic gripping almost all world nations.

According to Press TV, in a Tuesday phone call, Rouhani and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa discussed possible ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation aimed at countering inhumane US sanctions, ending crimes against the oppressed Palestinian people, and restoring peace and tranquility to Syria and Yemen.

Pointing to the US regime’s “inhumane and illegal” moves against the Iranian nation, Rouhani said, “While we are witnessing the coronavirus epidemic in the world and attitudes should change towards relations among countries, the US has unfortunately stepped up its unlawful sanctions against the Iranian nation.”

“In addition to the violation of international regulations, the US also breaches global health regulations and is even preventing the transfer of health and medical goods to Iran,” he added.

Iran expects South Africa, as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, to use the platform at the UN and other international circles to voice opposition to the US unilateralism and its illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Rouhani said.

He stressed the importance of enhancing mutual relations, particularly in trade, economic and health sectors, urging the two countries to exchange experiences and information about ways to battle the coronavirus.

South Africa will stand by Iran in face of US sanctions: Ramaphosa

The South African president, for his part, said his country is well aware of unfair and illegal US moves against Iran and would continue to support Tehran to counter such measures.

Ramaphosa called for a collective fight against the coronavirus as a common enemy, saying it is not an appropriate time to create problems for nations through sanctions and pressure.