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WHO envoy hails Supreme Leader's support for anti-corona campaignThe delegation from the World Health Organization (WHO) headed by Regional Director for Emergency Operations Richard Brennan inspected Iran's measures in battling the coronavirus epidemic.
Commenting on Iran's anti-corona actions, Brennan stressed during a meeting with foreign ambassadors in Tehran that the disease is new and world has not sufficient knowledge about it.
Iran's 16-day experience in fighting the virus is indicates that its approach in mobilizing all facilities is correct and logical, he said.
Criticizing all countries creating restrictions to trade and trip amid coronavirus outbreak, he said that WHO does not recommend this; rather it believes that trade and trip should continue by observing the hygienic standards.
He also called on ambassadors to recommend their respective governments to remove undue restrictions for travels.
The WHO delegation is scheduled to leave Tehran for Qom ..

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Pakistan Pres, PM thank Supreme Leader for voicing support for Indian MuslimsPresident Arif Alvi in his tweet said Pakistan appreciates this response from “Imam Khamenei” and we agree that there must be a unified stance on this dangerous issue.
“Looking at history of Nazi extremism, and that of Myanmar, this may lead to Muslim genocide in India. Let the world not ignore obvious similarities,” he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in his tweet said: I want to thank Supreme Leader Khamenei for speaking against the oppression and massacre of Muslims in India.
Earlier Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution had condemned the killing of the Indian Muslims and said that the New Delhi Government has the duty to stop the extremist Hindus and the political parties that support them.
The Supreme Leader tweeted, “The hearts of the Muslims all over the world are grieving over the massacre of Muslims in India.”
“The government of India should confront extremist Hindus & their parties & stop the ..

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Iran, Hamas agree on single approach to counter 'deal of century'Hamas high-ranking delegation headed by Haniyeh, which is currently in Russia on the invitation of Russian officials, held talks with Jalali on Thursday.
During the meeting, both sides shared views on political developments in Palestine, especially after Trump unveiled deal of century and underlined the necessity for keeping up resistance as the only way to achieve victory and ensuring rights of Palestinians.
Haniyeh appreciated Iran for its supports to the cause of Palestine and urged Jalali to convey his warm greetings to Supreme Leader and Iranian people.
Jalali reaffirmed Iran's support to Palestinian resistance and opposition to deal of century.
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UN supporting Iran in battling coronavirusAccording to the UN Office in Iran, she added that as the World Health Organization raised the COVID-19 global risk assessment to a very high level last week, today, over 90,000 people in 58 countries tested positive.
Unfortunately, Iran is one of the countries severely affected and the UN reiterates that all the Iranians should observe all the guidelines recommended by the National Headquarters for Managing Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, WHO representative in Iran Christoph Hamelmann warned about the situation in Iran, saying that UN agencies including WHO are providing Iran with basic medical items technical services.
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Zarif: Iran closely engaged with WHO to fight COVID-19″We're closely engaged w/ @WHO to battle #COVID19 in Iran & ensure proper care for those infected,” Zarif wrote in his Twitter account.
He added: “Strict preventive measures—including screening of air travelers at departure gates—are being implemented.”
“Global & regional coop imperative. We either win together or lose together, Iranian top diplomat noted in response to WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean message saying earlier: “2 days into #COVID19 mission to I R #Iran, WHO experts visited designated health facility and impressed by quality of care, infection prevention and control measures, dedication of health staff, and community mobilization efforts to raise public awareness about the disease.”
Head of the Iran's Health Ministry's public relations office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday that 3,513 people have been affected by the virus so far, from whom 107 have lost their lives.
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Iran, Pakistan vow to make anti-narcotics joint mechanism more effectivePakistan’s Minister for Narcotics Control Shehryar Khan Afridi met with Secretary of Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters Eskandar Momeni on the sidelines of the 63rd Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna.
According to a statement issued by Pakistan’s Ministry for Narcotics Control, Iranian authorities expressed their concern over the problem of Afghan opiates faced by both Iran and Pakistan.
During the meeting Iran showed its willingness to work with Pakistan in eradicating the inflow of drugs via land and sea by conducting joint border patrolling and naval exercises.
Iranian authorities also expressed their concerns about increased trafficking of synthetic drugs in their country.

The delegates suggested that Pakistan and Iran shall have a joint coordination mechanism for border patrolling and also joint naval exercises to control drugs trafficking through the sea.
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Parliamentary diplomacy a golden opportunity to enhance Iran-Pakistan tiesAmbassador of Iran to Pakistan during his meetings with Pakistani officials have always emphasized the need for enhanced interaction between Iran and Pakistan at all levels.
In this regards Ambassador Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini met with Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla at Parliament House.
Convener of Pak-Iran Friendship Group in the Senate Lt. Gen (Retd) Abdul Qayyum and members of the group were also present at the meeting.
According to a statement by Senate, Mandviwalla said that Pakistan and Iran share common traditions, religious values and social aspirations and have supported each other not only on International issues but in the development agenda.
He said that Pakistan attaches highest importance to its historic relations with Iran and we are looking forward to further enhance the traditional ties for better economic and political collaboration through increased Parliamentary linkages bet..

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Palestine Foundation of Pakistan condoles over demise of SheikholeslamSabir Abu Maryam in his statement offered his condolences to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, government and people of Iran, bereaved family and Palestinian movements over the tragic loss.
He said that services of Hossein Sheikholeslam for Iranian nation and oppressed people of Palestine will always be remembered.
He added that Muslim Ummah and resistant front have lost a great leader. He prayed Allah Almighty to grant him highest place in Jannah.
Senior Iranian politician and former ambassador Hossein Sheikholeslam passed away yesterday due to Coronavirus disease.
The late Iranian leader had chaired an international conference in Pakistan to support the cause of Palestine and liberation of Al-Quds.

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US intervention impedes Iran’s right to health, worsens coronavirus crisis, observers say Global institutions and analysts have expressed concerns with the impact of sanctions on Iranians' right to health and access to medication.
“The epidemic in Iran is serious now. We need international assistance as the sanctions imposed on the country make international help inaccessible,” an Iranian scholar who works in Geneva told the Global Times on condition of anonymity.
Within 24 hours, the Iranian Embassy in China has received 4 million yuan ($576,800) after the embassy released a post on Sina Weibo on Wednesday, saying that Iran is in urgent need of materials like masks, respirators and viral testing kits.
“The generosity and kindness of Chinese friends touched us deeply,” the embassy said on Weibo late Thursday, vowing to use the donation to buy disease prevention supplies with transparency.
In the Wednesday Weibo post, the embassy posted contact numbers and QR codes of their We..

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Zarif vows doing utmost for returning Iranians stranded abroad”We have citizens stranded abroad with flight cancellations due to the #COVID19 pandemic,” Zarif tweeted on Friday.
He added: “In Tehran, and at our missions abroad, we are doing our utmost to arrange for their safe return home.”
“We urge relevant governments and airlines to assist them in line with @WHO guidelines,” he noted.
Earlier, Zarif in a message stressed that Iran is engaged with the World Health Organization (WHO) in fighting coronavirus epidemic, adding that the country is implementing very strict preventive measures in this regard.
Head of the Iran's Health Ministry's public relations office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Thursday that 4,747 people have been affected by the virus so far, from whom 124 have lost their lives.
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