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UN Secretary-General Calls on G20 to Cancel Sanctions That Prevent Medical Aid Delivery

© AFP 2022 / STRINGERPeople queue in line to receive packages for precautions against COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment, from a booth outside Meydane Valiasr metro station in the capital Tehran on March 15, 2020. - Iran on March 15 announced that the new coronavirus has killed 113 more people, the highest single-day death toll yet in one of the world's worst-affected countries.
People queue in line to receive packages for precautions against COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment, from a booth outside Meydane Valiasr metro station in the capital Tehran on March 15, 2020. - Iran on March 15 announced that the new coronavirus has killed 113 more people, the highest single-day death toll yet in one of the world's worst-affected countries. - Sputnik International
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The virtual G20 summit on the new coronavirus pandemic is scheduled to take place on 26 March and will be chaired by Saudi Arabia.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on G20 leaders to cancel sanctions that prevent the delivery of medical aid amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

"I urge you to abandon sanctions imposed on the countries to ensure their access to food and medical aid as they fight with the Covid-19 outbreak. This is a time of solidarity, not isolation," Guterres wrote. 

This comes as a virtual G20 summit on the Covid-19 pandemic, chaired by Saudi Arabia, is scheduled to take place on 26 March. Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to take part in the summit.

Earlier, Russia urged the US to immediately lift Iranian sanctions that prevent Tehran from effectively fighting the new coronavirus outbreak.  

In the past few days, the US has repeatedly imposed Iran-related sanctions against several companies and individuals over their cooperation with Tehran in the field of oil production. Washington says that its sanctions are aimed at restricting Iran's oil trade and accuses Tehran of supporting terrorism. Iran, for its part, blames the US for 'economic terrorism' and also says that it prevents it from getting medical equipment and medicines necessary for fighting the deadly virus. 

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