Iran's Xmas charity market opens in Nicosia

Ankara, Dec 18, IRNA - A charity market was launched in the Nicosia, Cyprus on Monday to present humanitarian donations to the needy people on the threshold of the new Christian year.

The charity market, which presents the handicrafts of Iranian charitable organization, known as Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF), was run in collaboration between Iran's Embassy in Nicosia and Cyprus Red Cross Society.

The event was attended by Iran's Ambassador to Cyprus Reza Zabib, Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus Dimitris Silores, Head of Cyprus Red Cross society Fotini Papadopoulou as well as foreign diplomats and a large number of people.

Speaking at the gathering, Zabib underscored that all divine religions promote benevolence and kindness among all human beings.

The Iranian diplomat described the move as a fundamental step for alleviating the human suffering in the turmoil-stricken region of the Middle East.

Addressing the same gathering, Silores hailed the Islamic Republic of Iran for organizing the donation market and emphasized the need for expansion of all-out ties between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Papadopoulou also presented a plaque of honor to Zabib for his humanitarian efforts.

IKRF was founded in March 1979 to provide support for poor families. The foundation aims to help needy families regain financial stability.

IKRF has also provided support outside Iran, including in Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Chechnya, the Comoros, Iraq, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Syria, and Lebanon.

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