Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sent a telegram to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressing the condolences of the Hungarian people to the victims of the major earthquake that has hit the region, the Prime Minister’s Press Chief told the kormany.hu government news portal.
“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the earthquake that has caused devastation in the western region of Iran. Our hearts are with the people of Iran in these difficult times, and with the brave heroes who are working to find and assist the survivors of this tragic catastrophe”,
– Orban wrote.
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto also voiced his government’s sympathy in a telephone call to his Iranian counterpart. According to a statement from the foreign ministry, Szijjarto and Javad Zarif also touched upon Iran’s nuclear agreement with a group of world powers. Szijjarto said that the agreement was a “crucial instrument” for global security and peace, as well as stability in the Middle East, and assured his negotiating partner that Hungary as a European Union member state would continue efforts to implement it.
According to the latest news reports, the earthquake that hit the area around the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday night, and which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale, claimed over four hundred lives and injured over seven thousand people.