Rescue mission aborted as Iran has enough help

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Jan 2004

PETALING JAYA: The Government has aborted a search and rescue mission to Iran after Teheran indicated that it had obtained adequate assistance. 

The Special Malaysian Disaster Relief and Rescue Team (SMART) was scheduled to leave for the quake-struck city of Bam on Monday but was delayed because they could not obtain landing rights for a refuelling stopover in the Maldives. 

A statement from the crisis and strife management unit of the National Security Division of the Prime Minister’s Department said the decision to abort the mission was made as Iran said it did not require any more search and rescue teams from contributing countries. 

The statement said while Iran welcomed contributions from the international community, the country was now in dire need of medical supplies.  

In the meantime, the Foreign Ministry is making efforts to send a medical team under Mercy Malaysia. 

Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that the Government would contribute US$500,000 (RM1.9mil) to help Iran cope with the devastation.  

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