Armenian President sympathizes with victims of Iran’s strong quake

IRNA – Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan in a message sympathized with victims of the fatal quake in western Iran which resulted in killing hundreds and injuring thousands others.

In his message to Iran President Hassan Rouhani which was released on Monday, Sargsyan prayed for the immediate recovery of the injured.

In a separate message to Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri, he also expressed condolences over the sad occasion.

He also expressed Armenia’s readiness to give aids to quake-stricken areas.

The 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah Province, western Iran has so far claimed the lives of 348 people and injured 6.603 more.

Foreign authorities and diplomats have also issued 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 are among the high ranking politicians that sympathized with the Iranian nation and government on the tragic event.

Sitting on several major fault lines, Iran is one the most seismically active countries in the world and prone to near daily quakes.

In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake killed 26,000 people in Bam in southeastern Iran and flattened the historic city. In August 2012, an earthquake killed more than 250 people in East Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran.