Turkey sympathizes with Iran over deadly quake

Tehran, Nov 14, IRNA – Turkey on Tuesday voiced sympathy with the Iranian government and nation over the Sunday quake in Kermanshah Province.

Turkey's acting interior minister on a phone call with Iranian Deputy Interior Minister for Security and Disciplinary Affairs Hossein Zolfaqari on Tuesday extended condolences on the mishap, and said, 'Governments and nations of the two Muslim and brotherly countries of Iran and Turkey have always been supporting each other following such calamities and I hope friendship, cooperation and solidarity between the two will persist.'

Zolfaqari, for his part, thanked Turkey for its readiness and stressed expansion of bilateral relations in all areas, specially in guaranteeing security on borders.

Latest reports on Tuesday shows that the number of those killed in the powerful earthquake that rocked several provinces in western Iran, including Kermanshah Province, has risen to 432.

The 7.3-magnitude quake occurred at 21:48 hour local time (18:18 GMT) on Sunday.

The epicenter of the powerful quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ezgeleh region in Kermanshah Province.

According to the latest figures, at least 7,817 people were injured in the quake.

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