World reaction to Iran’s deadly earthquake

خسارات زلزله در سر پل‌ذهاب- کرمانشاه

Tehran (ISNA) – In separate messages, world leaders and foreign officials have offered their sympathy and assistance to Iran following an earthquake struck the western part of the country.

In these messages Prime minister of Canada, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran, German ambassador to Tehran, UN Secretary-General, Azerbaijani President, Russian President, Turkish Prime Minister, British ambassador to Iran, Prime Minister of India, President of Armenia, EU Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner and French Embassy in Tehran expressed their condolences to the Iranian people and families of the victims of the strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake in western Iran which killed at least 207.


“Tragic news from Iran and Iraq today. Canadians offer their deepest sympathies to the families affected by the earthquake in the region,” the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau wrote in a tweet.


“@antonioguterres is deeply saddened by loss of line & damage following earthquake in Iran and Iraq. The @UN & @UNOCHA stand ready to assist,” UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Iran Gary Lewis wrote on his Twitter account.

“The 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,” according to a statement by the UN.

“He conveys his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Iraq. He wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” it added.

The United Nations stands ready to assist if required, the statement added.


“Convey sincere condolences of Germany to the Government and the People of #Iran on occasion of the deadly earthquaqe in western parts of Iran. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. #Germany ready to help if needed,” German ambassador to Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold wrote in a tweet.


"Please accept sincere sympathy and support for the relatives and friends of those who perished and wishes of early convalescence to all survivors of this calamity," Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a message published on the Kremlin’s website.

Putin expressed to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "deep condolences over the heavy loss of human life and destruction in the west of Iran."

The Republic of Azerbaijan

“I was deeply saddened by the news of heavy casualties and large-scale destruction as a result of an earthquake that hit the western part of your country,” the Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev said in his letter of condolence to Rouhani.

 “On the occasion of this tragedy, on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan and on my own behalf, I extend my deepest condolences to you, families and loved ones of those who died and the whole people of Iran, and wish those injured the swiftest possible recovery, and the soonest elimination of the consequences of the natural disaster,” Ilham Aliyev added.


“Turkey stands with the brotherly victims of the earthquake,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a statement.

The prime minister said the government had sent a convoy of medical and food aid and wished speedy recovery to those affected.

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed Turkey’s “solidarity” with the people of Iran and Iraq.

It said Turkey was “greatly saddened” by casualties. “The Turkish people… are in solidarity with the people of Iran and Iraq,” the ministry said.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also spoke with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif over the phone on Monday, according to a diplomatic source.

Cavusoglu offered his condolences and said Turkey was ready to provide "all means of help" to Iran.


President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan also sent a letter of condolences to President of Iran Hassan Rouhani on the destructive earthquake near Azgale community of Kermanshah province, which took lives of hundreds of people.

Serzh Sargsyan expressed his deepest condolences and support to President Rouhani and friendly people of Iran, wishing courage, strengths and strong spirit to families and relatives of the victims and soonest recovery to the injured.


In a tweet Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said: “My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones in the tragic earthquake that has affected parts of Iran and Iraq. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest.”


“So sad to hear of the terrible earthquake in Kermanshah last night. My condolences to the families of those killed and sympathy to all affected. @ukiniran,” British ambassador to Tehran Nicholas Hopton‏ wrote in a tweet.

“Deepest condolences with the people of Iran and Iraq following last night’s deadly earthquake. The UK stands ready to help the victims and the recovery effort,” UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson also wrote in a tweet.


“My thoughts are with the families of the earthquake victims in #Iran and #Irak. #EU ready to help @eu_echo,” EU Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides wrote on his Twitter account.


The French embassy in Iran has also expressed its solidarity with the families of the earthquake victims near the Iran-Iraq border as well as all Iranians, and is keen to mobilize the emergency services.

The powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing at least 207 people and injuring 5340 in the mountainous region of Iran alone.

The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning.

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