Iran renews its support for quake-hit people in Turkiye

Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian has renewed Iran’s sympathy for people affected by two major earthquakes in Turkiye last month.

In a press conference held after his meeting Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Wednesday, Amirabdollahian said Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi had ordered dispatching of aid to the quake-hit people in Turkiye immediately after the first quake happened in the country on February 6.

“Despite the fact that the Iranian relief forces were involved in relief operation in the (Iranian) city of Khoy city, the Red Crescent Society, the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) were dispatched to quake-hit areas in Turkiye immediately, because we see Turkish people’s woe as our own problem,” he said.

“Today, we are here to one again declare our solidarity with the quake-stricken people of Turkey,” said the Iranian minister.

He also congratulated the International Women's Day and reiterated that women in Iran are among the most empowered groups in the society.

Cavusoglu, for his part, thanked Iran for its provision of humanitarian aid to people affected by earthquakes in Turkiye.

Cavusoglu also said that a planned visit by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Turkiye had been postponed because of the earthquakes, adding that Amirabdollahian’s ongoing visit is aimed at coordinating Raisi’s future visit to Ankara.

In their meeting on Wednesday, Amirabdollahian and Cavusoglu discussed latest regional developments.

The Iranian foreign minister had said upon his arrival in Turkiye late on Tuesday that his visit will be mainly aimed at expressing solidarity with the Turkish government and people for the devastating earthquakes that hit the country’s southern regions last month.

The top diplomat is scheduled to tour quake-hit areas in Turkiye’s province of Adiyaman.

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