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Kuwait donates $10m to support Iran’s coronavirus battle

March 18, 2020 at 10:51 am

Kuwaiti first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah speaks during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng (not in picture) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on 17 December, 2018 [WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images]

Kuwait yesterday announced that it was donating $10 million to help Iran battle against the novel coronavirus, the Tasnim news agency reported.

The announcement was made in a telephone call between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Kuwait counterpart Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al Sabah.

During the call, Al Sabah expressed his country’s solidarity with the Iranians in the battle against the coronavirus.

For his part, Zarif expressed gratitude to the Kuwaiti government and nation and described the war on the virus as a global issue that requires regional and international cooperation.

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Meanwhile, the Iranian news agency IRNA announced that China, Turkey, Uzbekistan, the UAE, Germany, France, the UK, Japan, Qatar, Azerbaijan, Russia, WHO, and UNICEF had offered financial and material assistance to Iran in its battle against coronavirus.

Following this report, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a news conference that Washington would maintain its maximum-pressure campaign to choke off Tehran’s ability to export its oil, Reuters reported.

In response, Zarif denounced the “unilateral and illegal” sanctions that the US has imposed on Iran and called for a global campaign aiming to end and defy those inhumane sanctions.