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Rouhani Presses For IMF Loan amid COVID-19 Crisis

Rouhani Presses For IMF Loan amid COVID-19 Crisis

Wednesday, 8 April, 2020 - 09:15
Asharq Al-Awsat

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pressed harder on Wednesday for a $5 billion emergency IMF loan Tehran has sought to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“I urge international organisations to fulfill their duties ... We are a member of the IMF,” Rouhani said at a televised cabinet meeting.

“There should be no discrimination in giving loans,” Rouhani added, saying such discrimination would be unacceptable, Reuters reported.

Rouhani also slammed US sanctions against Iran, describing them as terrorist medical act.

“The US sanctions on Iran are economic and medical terrorism ... They are in violation of international medical conventions,” he stressed.

Rouhani also said some businesses will remain closed until further notice, after the authorities announced last week that they will begin to ease a shut-down order from April 11.

Iran has banned intercity travel and shut non-essential businesses to fight an outbreak that according to official figures has killed 3,872 people and infected 62,589.

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