France and its partners provide extra €5 million in aid to Iran to tackle COVID-19
Iran – Replies by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs to two written questions in the National Assembly (excerpt)
Paris, 9 February 2021
Reflecting its wholehearted solidarity with all the people affected by COVID-19 in Iran, France, together with Germany and the United Kingdom, has provided material and financial support to fight the spread of the disease in the country. In addition to the delivery of medical equipment as early as 2 March 2020, France, the UK and Germany have provided €5 million worth of additional aid via the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies.
France and its German and British partners are also continuing their efforts to respond to the medicine shortages facing Iran. We are working in particular with the European companies concerned so they can export the necessary pharmaceutical and medical products via the INSTEX mechanism, which aims to facilitate legitimate trade with Iran under European and international law and which carried out its first transaction on 31 March 2020. In return, we expect Iran to implement all the necessary steps to ensure that this financial channel functions effectively./.