Aug 08, 2020 05:46 UTC
  • Mayors of Iran’s metropolises condole with Beirut’s mayor over tragic explosion

Mayors of Iran’s major cities have conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the mayor of the Lebanese capital of Beirut, where a colossal explosion killed nearly 140 people and injured thousands of others earlier this week.

In a joint letter by the Assembly of Mayors of Iranian Metropolises on Friday, Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi and 17 other mayors of Iran’s major cities expressed their sincere condolences to Jamal Itani, the mayor of disaster-hit Beirut.

On Tuesday afternoon, a catastrophic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing at least 154 people and wounding about 5,000 others.

Dozens of people are still missing, and at least 300,000 people have been displaced as a result of the colossal blast, which leveled the whole port and a large section of central Beirut and turned successive apartment blocks into masses of debris and twisted metal.

The mayors of Iran’s major cities said in their joint letter that the tragic incident in Beirut had “caused deep grief and sorrow.”

“Hereby, we, the mayors of the metropolises of Iran, express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the dear and bereaved people of Lebanon and all those affected by the tragic blast, and wish a speedy recovery for the injured,” the letter further read.

The Iranian mayors also expressed their full readiness to help the citizens and the municipality of Beirut return to normal conditions.

They also underlined the need for boosting unity and empathy among regional countries as the only way to maintain peace and tranquility.

“The municipalities of Iran’s metropolises will stand by the citizens and officials of Beirut,” the Iranian mayors concluded.

On Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani also assured his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, a telephone conversation, that the Iranian nation and government would spare no assistance in helping the Lebanese government and nation in the aftermath of the recent catastrophe.