During a telephone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, President Rouhani stressed that the Iranian nation and government spare no efforts to help the people and government of Lebanon and are ready to provide food, medicine, and health equipment for Lebanon.
He further offered condolences on behalf of the Iranian nation and government to the people and government of Lebanon for the tragic event which so far has claimed at least 137 lives and injured 5,000 others. Dozens remain missing and some 300,000 have been made homeless.
The massive blast was referred to by the governor of Beirut as an “apocalyptic situation”.
Rouhani added that the Beirut explosion was “very saddening and woeful for Iranians too and the Iranian people share the pain of the Lebanese nation.”
He further noted that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Health Minister Saeed Namaki, and head of Red Crescent Society of Iran have been tasked to be in constant contact with their Lebanese counterparts and immediately meet their demands.
For his part, the Lebanese president thanked the Iranian nation and government for their sympathy and kindness appreciating the Iranian nation for their brotherly and friendly feelings towards their Lebanese counterparts.
The history of the nations’ relations testifies to the fact that Iran has never denied Lebanon any form of support in times of need, Aoun added.
Iran sent the first consignment of its aid supplies to Beirut hours after the tragic explosion. Two more shipments were expected to be delivered on Wednesday.
Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) spokesman Mohammad Nasiri said on Wednesday that 2,000 food packages, weighing nine tons, were set to be transferred to the crisis-hit country along with medicine and medical equipment. He added that a 22-member medical team, including general practitioners, orthopedists, anesthesiologists, operating room specialists, pediatricians, neurologists, nurses, and field hospital experts, would also to be dispatched to Lebanon later in the day.
IRNA, Press TV contributed to this story.