FM Zarif appreciates global sympathy over Iran quake

Politics - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message praised the world for expressing sympathy and offering assistance over the deadly quake in western Iran.

'Heartbreaking images from the earthquake damage and loss of life in Kermanshah (and in Iraq). We are grateful for global expressions of sympathy and offers of assistance. For now, we can manage with our own resources. Many thanks for all offers and we will keep you posted,' Zarif said in a Twitter message released on Tuesday.

Foreign leaders have extended their condolence messages. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, German Ambassador in Tehran Michael Klor-Berchtold, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Pope Fracis of the Catholic Church and President of International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer are among the high-ranking politicians who sympathized with the Iranian peope and government on the tragic event.

Latest reports on the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran and bordering Iraq, on Sunday night, said that it has so far claimed at least 430 lives and injured over 7,460 others.

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