Iranian lawmaker condoles with Portugal over deadly blaze

Tehran, June 18, IRNA - Head of Iran-Portugal parliamentary friendship group Mustafa Kavakebian here on Monday expressed deep sorrow over the recent deadly blaze in Portugal and condoled with the families of the victims.

In a message to his Portuguese counterpart Adao Silva, Kavakebian also wished a speedy recovery for all the injured in the incident.

At least 62 people were killed and dozens wounded in huge forest fires in central Portugal. Many of the victims died in their cars as they tried to flee the flames.

According to media reports, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa described the blaze as “the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires,” and warned the death toll could rise.

Three days of national mourning has been declared in Portugal.