Iran shares Afghanistan’s grief over earthquake and prepared to aid victims

Written by The Frontier Post

KABUL (Khaama Press): Saeed Khatibzada, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, expressed sympathy for the Afghan people and government in light of the terrible earthquake that struck southeastern Afghanistan, according to the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA.
The Iranian media also reported that Mohammad Hassan Nami, the head of Iran’s Crisis Management Organization, stated that the Iranian agency was completely prepared to aid earthquake victims in Afghanistan.
Khatibzada conveyed his sincere condolences to his Afghan people and hoped for the victims’ departed souls to find eternal peace while also wishing for the well-being of those who had been wounded.
Iran has consigned two airplanes carrying humanitarian aid to the people in the earthquake-affected areas in southeastern Afghanistan, according to an announcement made by the Iranian embassy in Kabul following the fatal earthquake that struck Afghanistan’s Paktika and Host province on Wednesday.
Additionally, pursuant to the Iranian minister’s instruction, Iran’s crisis management teams are on high alert and prepared to send teams to Afghanistan if necessary, according to the Head of Crisis Management Organization in an interview with the Iranian media. At the same time, the Iranian Red Crescent Society declared its preparedness to aid the victims as well.
Nearly 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 1,500 injured as a result of an earthquake that struck Afghanistan’s south-eastern regions, mainly Khost and Paktika, last night.
Catastrophic earthquake in Afghanistan prompts Pope Francis to pray for victims
Pope Francis says he is praying for those affected by the catastrophic earthquake that struck Afghanistan and left at least 1,000 people dead and almost 1,500 injured. He has also made a request for assistance on behalf of everyone who was affected, according to Vatican News.
The Pope conveyed his sympathy to everyone impacted by the earthquake that, in his words, “had claimed lives and caused considerable damage in Afghanistan” while speaking during the Wednesday General Audience.
“And I especially pray for those who lost their lives and their families,” he said.
“I hope we can lessen the suffering of the dear people of Afghanistan with everyone’s support,” he called on people to help for the people of Afghanistan, especially those affected by the devastating earthquake.
Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has also expressed its “sincere condolences and solidarity with the Afghan people”, through an official statement released today, June 22nd.
An unprecedentedly powerful earthquake with a high magnitude has stuck Afghanistan’s south-eastern provinces, particularly Khost and Paktika provinces leaving considerable number of people killed and injured.

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