Press Release

14 August 2012

President Zuma sends condolences to Iran

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma wishes to express his heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran following the sad loss of life of more than 300 people as a result of the strong twin earthquakes which shook the towns of Ahar and Varzagan in northwest Iran close to the city of Tabriz on Saturday, 11 August 2012.

President Zuma said: “In this time of sadness and bereavement, the Government and people of South Africa hold the bereaved families in their thoughts and prayers.” President Zuma also wished the injured a speedy recovery.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has received no information or reports that any South Africans were affected by the twin earthquakes.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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