Iran: US freezes 3.5 million euros of money from flood victims


Iran on Monday accused the United States of freezing 3.5 million euros of money from flood victims that hit the country several months ago.

"America, through its unjust prohibition and, contrary to international treaties, has frozen 3.5 million euros of money for people affected by floods," Ali Asghar Bayundi, head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, was quoted as saying.
"Given the US embargo, we have diverted the purchase of helicopters from Italy's Bell to Russia," he said.

Beyondi noted the assistance of some countries and the International Federation of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross at our request for assistance in recent floods.

"Unfortunately, because of the unjust US embargo and contrary to international treaties, 3.5 million euros of aid from the International Federation of Red Crescent and the countries that wanted to support us have been frozen and we have not been able to divert them because of the closure of the road to foreign exchange and SWIFT."

The President of the Iranian Red Crescent Society said that he had met with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the President of the International Federation and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs and discussed with them about the frozen funds.

"We have proposed to monitor the transfer of these funds and even follow-up within the country, and unfortunately did not even transfer these funds officially into the country and of course we will continue our efforts and protest against the freezing of these funds."

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