Tehran, 10 October 2023 (TDI): In a phone conversation between Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Afghan Caretaker Foreign Minister, Molavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, heartfelt sympathy and condolences were expressed for the earthquake that struck Herat on Saturday.

Amir-Abdollahian, on behalf of the Iranian nation and government, conveyed his sincere condolences and wished for the swift recovery of those affected by the tremor.

Furthermore, he shared the news that Iran’s rescue and relief teams had been dispatched to Afghanistan and had already reached the earthquake-affected areas, ready to assist.

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Muttaqi, the Afghan Foreign Minister, extended gratitude to Iran for its compassion and support during this challenging time. He particularly appreciated the presence of Iranian rescue teams and the aid provided.

In addition to the discussion on the earthquake, the Iranian and Afghan counterparts engaged in talks regarding the evolving situation in Gaza.

It is pertinent to note the Palestinian people have shown immense resilience in the face of Israeli oppression as well as against the occupation of their homeland and the desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by Zionist forces.

Amir-Abdollahian on his part also emphasized the importance of unity among Islamic countries in defending the rights of the oppressed Palestinian people and safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Muttaqi reaffirmed these sentiments and conveyed that the Afghan Foreign Ministry had been closely monitoring the events in Gaza.

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Afghanistan issued a comprehensive and resolute statement condemning the Zionist occupation and expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.

This communication between the Iranian & Afghan Foreign Ministers underscores the significance of international cooperation during times of crisis both in the face of natural disasters & in addressing geopolitical challenges, particularly the ongoing situation in Gaza.