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The humanitarian banking channel set up by the US administration to get medicine and other supplies into Iran has not in fact processed any potentially life-saving transactions, the Swiss government confirmed to The Daily Beast.
Iranian documentary, ‘The Silhouettes,’ directed by Afsaneh Salari, received the Special Mention of the International Feature Film Competition at the Visions du Réel International Film Festival in Switzerland.
Three international film festivals canceled or postponed their upcoming editions. Switzerland’s International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) and Think Cinema Lausanne (aka Rencontres 7e Art) have been canceled, and Greece’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival postponed as concern intensifies in Europe about the spread of coronavirus.
Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said that the effectiveness of the Swiss humanitarian channel cannot be judged while the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic continue to threaten Iranians’ lives.
A humanitarian channel to bring food and medicine to Iran has started trial operations, the Swiss government said on Thursday, helping supply Swiss goods to the struggling population without tripping over US sanctions.
Iran has summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires, whose country represents US interests in Iran, over Washington's assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, decrying the attack as a "blatant instance of state terrorism".
A Swiss channel for the export of food, medicine, and other humanitarian goods to Iran is to open “within months”, officials have told Reuters, amid Europe’s failure to launch its long-awaited Iran channel known as INSTEX.