Tehran (IP) - In a telephone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart, Iran's Foreign Minister announced Tehran's readiness to provide essential and infrastructural assistance as well as urgent needs to Lebanon.

Iran Press/Iran News: In a telephone conversation this morning, Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his condolences to his Lebanese counterpart and to the Lebanese nation and government on the loss of Lebanese citizens in a huge blast at the port of Beirut.

In this regard, Hassan Rouhani, in a message to Lebanese President Michel Aoun, stressed: "On behalf of the nation and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I express my condolences to you and to people of Lebanon.”

“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in line with humanitarian actions, declares its readiness to send medical and pharmaceutical aid and to treat the injured ones and provide other necessary medical assistance. We hope that the cause of this incident will be found as soon as possible and peace will return to this city,” President Rouhani added.

In a tweet message, Zarif also reacted to the incident last night immediately after the explosion.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon. As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary. Stay strong, Lebanon,"  Javad Zarif tweeted.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi also stressed Iran's readiness to help the Lebanese brothers and sisters, saying: "We are following this incident and its news with great sadness."

Special Aide on International Affairs of the Islamic Parliament and former MFA Deputy for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian also expressed his condolence to Lebanese people and tweeted, "Extremely saddened for the explosion in Beirut Port. My sincerest condolences & sympathy to all my dear brothers & sisters in #Lebanon. May the Almighty grant patience to the bereaved & swift recovery for the wounded people. Ready to deliver any assistance!"

Two enormous explosions devastated Beirut's port on Tuesday, leaving at least 80 people dead and thousands injured, shaking distant buildings and spreading panic and chaos across the Lebanese capital.

The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, immediately followed by a tornado-like shockwave that flattened the port and swept the city, shattering windows kilometers (miles) away.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 tons of the agricultural fertilizer ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking "a disaster in every sense of the word".


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