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Iran FM thanks Polish counterpart for safe exodus of Iranians from Ukraine

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TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau held a phone conversation on Friday to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments, including the crisis in Ukraine and the Vienna talks.

During the talks, Amir Abdollahian thanked the Polish government for its efforts in favor of displaced persons and refugees from Ukraine, particularly in the case of the repatriation of Iranian nationals.

In turn, the Polish Foreign Minister underlined the historical context of the ties between the two states, in particular the humanitarian decision of the Iranian people to welcome Polish refugees during the Second World War, describing the relations as a source pride for both countries.

He said that 1,400 Iranians have so far crossed the Ukrainian border into Poland and that the country’s authorities have tried to help them after the tragic events in Ukraine and help them leave Poland with a good memory.

For his part, Amir Abdollahian said that the existence of a mutually positive mentality between the peoples of the two countries is important in the long-term relations between the two governments.

He also expressed Iran’s willingness to hold a joint ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the reception of Polish nationals by Iranians at the same time as the Polish Foreign Minister’s visit to Tehran.

Iran’s foreign minister spoke of sending a plane carrying humanitarian supplies in cooperation with the Iranian Red Crescent Society and the International Red Cross, expressing Tehran’s willingness to send relief supplies to Ukrainian refugees.

He said Iranian aid groups are ready to offer any humanitarian assistance to refugees in Poland in coordination with the International Red Cross.

Amir Abdollahian reaffirmed Iran’s position on the need to end the Ukrainian crisis through a political solution and said: “Based on the principles of the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic and without double standards, we do not see not war as a solution, neither in Ukraine, nor in Yemen, in Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.

In this regard, Rau responded by saying that it is necessary to set up humanitarian corridors aimed at facilitating the evacuation of women and children as well as the delivery of food and medicine to the displaced in Ukraine.

The top Polish diplomat said some international organizations, including the International Red Cross, were working to establish a humanitarian corridor.

His country, he said, has so far hosted 1.5 million Ukrainian refugees, with the figure rising to 5 million, adding that it is therefore of vital importance for Ukraine’s neighbors to benefit from international support.

The Polish Foreign Minister welcomed the dispatch of an Iranian aid team to Poland to offer assistance to refugees in coordination with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Warsaw and the Department of Regional Cooperation of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He expressed hope that the international community will further step up the provision of humanitarian aid to Ukraine and its neighbours.