Zarif: Iran ready to help Beirut repair damages

Tasnim – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif assured Lebanon of Tehran’s readiness to assist Beirut in the reconstruction process after the recent deadly blast.

During a visit to Beirut on Friday, Zarif held a meeting with Hassan Diab, prime minister of the Lebanese government with a caretaker capacity.

In the meeting, Zarif expressed the Iranian government and nation’s sympathy with the people and government of Lebanon over the recent explosion, and voiced Iran’s readiness to cooperate in the reconstruction process and repairing the damages caused by the Beirut blast.

Diab, for his part, thanked Iran for expressing preparedness for help.

He also pointed to Lebanon’s urgent needs, particularly for the treatment of patients and the necessary items for the reconstruction of dwellings in Beirut.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has expressed Iran’s readiness to assist Lebanon after the explosion by providing medical supplies and helping reconstruct its devastated port.

The governor of Beirut says more than 200 people are believed to have been killed as a result of the August 4 blast, which occurred when a stockpile of more than 2,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded.