UN ready to assist response efforts following quake in Iran and Iraq, says Guterres

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UN ready to assist response efforts following quake in Iran and Iraq, says Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

INTERNATIONAL, 13 November 2017 – The United Nations stands ready to assist efforts to respond to the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Sunday, the Organization's top official has said.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres “is deeply saddened by the loss of life and damage” following the quake that struck the border regions of the two countries, said a statement issued by his Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric.

The statement said the Secretary-General conveyed his condolences to the bereaved families and to the Governments and people of Iran and Iraq, and wished those injured a speedy recovery. He also commended the local response efforts underway.

“The United Nations stands ready to assist if required,” read the statement.

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