Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has called on the US to lift “unjust” sanctions on Iran so that the Islamic Republic can can focus on winning the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.
“I would stress and insist to the international community to lift the sanctions on Iran,” Khan was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.
“It is very unjust they are dealing with such a large outbreak on one side, and on the other they are facing international sanctions,” Khan told reporters in Islamabad.
Aisha Farooqui, a spokesperson for Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Al Jazeera that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had earlier sent a letter to Khan requesting Islamabad’s help amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“Pakistan has a principled position that unilateral sanctions against Iran should be lifted. PM Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi both have publicly stated this,” she added.
This week, the US imposed fresh sanctions on Iran, arguing that they did not limit the flow of aid to the country in its time of need.