September 20, 2020

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President Rouhani calls for observing protective & health protocols

Speaking in anti-coronavirus committee on Saturday, Rouhani pointed to shortage of face masks, tissue and food in European and American markets at the beginning of COVID19 crisis, saying there was no discrimination for providing medical services in Iran for both the Iranian and non-Iranian nationals.

Despite there was no discrimination in Iran for the ethnicities, religions groups and foreigners, but, it is prevalent in the US and Europe.

He noted that Iran’s request for $5b loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was hailed by all countries but US created obstacle for Iran to receive the loan to buy food and emergency supplies.

Earlier, Rouhani in a message referred to his agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the EU must stand against US’ veto of Iran’s loan request from IMF.

Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnasser Hemmati said earlier that Iran has requested a $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund in the corona campaign package of Rapid Financial Instrument.

In the meantime, IMF spokesman told IRNA on the condition of anonymity that “We have had discussions with the Iranian authorities to better understand their request for emergency financing from the Fund.”

In the meantime,  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message urged the International Monetary Fund to adhere to IMF’s mandate and act responsibly with regard to those countries affected by coronavirus.

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Original News : https://en.irna.ir/news/84035882/President-Rouhani-calls-for-observing-protective-health-protocols

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