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18:30 | 2009-01-10

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Asks for Nigeria's Aid in Ending Israeli Attacks on Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran appealed for Nigeria's assistance over the escalating humanitarian problems caused by Israel's bombing of Gaza.

Iranian President's special envoy and Education Minister, Alireza Ali Ahmadi, on Friday called for Nigeria's assistance at a meeting with President Umaru Yar'Adua in the State House, Abuja.

Ali Ahmadi informed Yar'Adua of Tehran's concern about the humanitarian suffering of the Palestinians affected by the crisis, and appealed for Nigeria's help.

Responding to the request, Yar'Adua expressed Nigeria's concern at the crisis in Gaza.

Yar'Adua also informed the Iranian envoy that all Nigerians, both Christians and Muslims, were concerned about the issue.

He assured Iran of the Federal Government's support for measures to restore efforts to bring lasting peace to the troubled Middle-East.

"All Nigerians, whether Christian or Muslim, are concerned about the crisis in the Middle East. We welcome any initiative that will bring lasting peace to the region, and we support the United Nations Security Council's resolution aimed at bringing solution to the crisis," he said.

According to Gaza health officials, 804 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli onslaught began on December 27. Medics say at least half of the dead are civilians. A number of 3310 Palestinians have also been wounded in Gaza thus far.