Coronavirus outbreak: Imran Khan calls for lifting of sanctions against Iran

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called for the lifting of sanctions against Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak, and said that the international community would have to think of a “debt-write off” for “vulnerable” nations like his.

“I think the world community has to think of some sort of a debt-write off for countries like us [Pakistan] which are very vulnerable,” Imran Khan told Bloomberg News.

“I actually fear for what is happening in Iran too, because the sanctions have already, you know, impoverished Iran. So that should be a classic example of a place where at least now sanctions should be lifted because they are in a terrible state right now,” he added.

Iran has issued a dire warning yet about the new coronavirus outbreak spreading in the country, suggesting “millions” could die in the country if the public keeps traveling and ignoring health guidance.

The Islamic Republic’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious ruling prohibiting “unnecessary” travel in the country.

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