Russia ready to help Iran and Iraq in earthquake aftermath

Russia ready to help Iran and Iraq in earthquake aftermath

Russia’s Emergencies Ministry is ready to assist Iran and Iraq in the deadly earthquake aftermath, a source in the ministry’s press service said.

According to the source, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has sent messages of condolences to Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and his Iraqi counterpart Qasim Mohammad al-Araji, expressing readiness to assist their countries in dealing with the earthquake aftermath.

"On behalf of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, I offer you my deepest condolences. Please let us know if the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s staff and resources could be of any help in dealing with the disaster aftermath," TASS cited the ministry’s press service as saying.

A strong earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border region late on Sunday. According to the latest information, more than 350 people have been killed. As many as 3,950 people have been injured, Tasnim news agency said.

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