Media Statement

13 November 2017

President Zuma sends condolences message to earthquake-hit countries

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Governments and the people of the Iraq and Iran following a deadly earthquake which erupted on 12 November 2017.

The earthquake has resulted in considerable loss of life as well as damage to property and infrastructure.

President Zuma said: “The South African Government joins the international community in expressing our deepest empathy and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the affected countries. I wish to send my condolences to the Governments of the respective countries, particularly the families and relatives of those affected by the tragedy”.

South African diplomatic missions in the two countries are in contact with local authorities to confirm if there are any South African citizens affected. Members of the public who are concerned about the wellbeing of their relatives living in or visiting the affected countries can contact the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on 012 351 1000.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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