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November 17, 2020

NIAC Endorses Bi-Cameral Congressional Letter On General License for Humanitarian Aid to Sanctioned Countries

Washington, D.C. – Today, 75 Representatives and Senators, led by Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-IL) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin calling on him to issue a temporary general license making it easier for U.S. sanctioned countries to import medicine and humanitarian goods

Given the positive impact of a general license on humanitarian trade with Iran, NIAC Action and supporters across the country endorsed the letter and urged Members of Congress to sign. Iran is currently under crippling unilateral U.S. sanctions that have stymied the transfer of desperately needed medicine, food, and humanitarian aid into the country, particularly as Iran struggles to contain a major resurgence of the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

The lawmakers highlight how devastating sanctions have been on public healthcare systems and ordinary people. They state that “blocking or slowing the flow of medical resources neither enables an effective outbreak response around the world, nor does it serve our national security interests.” Over the coming months, it will be important to continue pushing the administration to ensure that  sanctions do not inhibit humanitarian trade with Iran, providing critical relief to ordinary Iranians in the midst of a once-in-a-generation crisis. Please see the letter below or download a PDF HERE

 

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