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News code: 24036
Published Date: Monday 13 November 2017 - 12:03:52

UN condoles Iran over deadly quake

UN condoles Iran over deadly quake
IRAN  - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage following the earthquake that struck the border region of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq on Sunday evening, a UN official said.

According to a press release of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, Stephane Dujarri, the spokesman for Guterres said UN secretary-general conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq.

Guterres also wishes those injured a speedy recovery, Dujarri added.

He said that the Secretary-General commends the local response efforts underway. The United Nations stands ready to assist if required.

Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis in a message extended condolences over the deadly earthquake in western Iran which resulted in killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands of others.

'Conveying sincere condolences to Government and People of Iran following last night's deadly earthquake on western border. Situation was unclear around midnight, now, as the sun rises this morning, we know more about the number of dead / injured. UN will assist if requested,' Lewis said in his Twitter message which was released on Monday.

In a separate Twitter message, he reiterated international community's readiness to support quake-stricken people, saying, 'Currently meeting with Iranian national / Tehran authorities to review current disaster situation re EQ [earthquake] on Iran / Iraq border. Considering options for support to Iran if needed. Members of the international diplomatic community also present in support.'

In another development, the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Twitter message wrote, 'Tragic news from Iran and Iraq today. Canadians offer their deepest sympathies to the families affected by the earthquake in the region.'

News Code: 24036
Published Date: Monday 13 November 2017 - 12:03:52
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