TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Emirati counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, discussed various topics, including the outbreak of the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19.
In a telephone conversation on Sunday afternoon, Abdullah voiced the United Arab Emirates’ solidarity with the Iranian people and government in their fight against the coronavirus.
Zarif, for his part, expressed his gratitude for the Emirati side’s assistance to Iran and said the coronavirus epidemic is a global problem, whose resolution needs all countries’ determination and cooperation.
First detected in Wuhan city in central China in December, the virus has spread to more than 120 countries, infecting more than 140,000 globally.
Zarif also expressed gratitude to the Republic of Azerbaijan for the neighboring country’s support in the course of efforts to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic in Iran.
Zarif and his Azeri counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov held a telephone conversation about the outbreak of the coronavirus in the region and the world.
In their talks, the two senior diplomats stressed the need for collective cooperation among all countries in the battle with COVID-19.
Also, Zarif expressed gratitude to the Republic of Azerbaijan’s government and nation for their assistance.
He further denounced the cruel and unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States as a major obstacle to Iran’s fight against the dangerous virus, stressing, nonetheless, that Iran and the world will get through such a difficult stage.
The death toll form coronavirus in Iran rose to 724 on Sunday, while nearly 4,600 patients have recovered from the disease in the country so far.
In Oman, Iranian Ambassador to the Arab country Mohammad Reza Nouri Shahroudi and Chairman of Consultative Assembly of Oman Khalid Al Maawali reviewed the latest developments in bilateral and parliamentary cooperation.
The meeting was held in the wake of the phone
conversation between Iranian Parliament speaker Ali Larijani and Khalid Al Maawali and in line with following up agreements.
Both sides discussed the latest development with regard to friendship groups and coronavirus.
Nouri Shahroudi appreciated the bilateral cooperation with Oman in fighting coronavirus pandemic.
Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoosh Jahanpoor announced that 113 people have died of COVID-19 in the country over the past 24 hours, the country’s highest daily death toll since the outbreak of the infectious disease.
The number of people tested positive for the coronavirus in Iran has also hit 13,938 after detection of 1,209 new cases over the past 24 hours, he added.
Jahanpoor said while the coronavirus death toll in Iran has reached 724, a total of 4,590 patients have been discharged from the hospital after recovering from the disease.