2021-September-23 23:33
2021-August-1  13:22

Iran Helps Turkey in Fire Control Operations

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Ankara Mohammad Farazmand announced that Iran's Ministry of Defense has dispatched aircraft to Turkey to take part in firefighting and relief operations there.

"The Iranian Ministry of Defense's firefighting aircraft participated in fire control operations in southern parts of this country (Turkey)," Farazmand tweeted.

"Ministry of Defense firefighting helicopters will also take part in the relief operation tomorrow," he added.

Farazmand reiterated that neighbors will not leave each other alone.

In a relevant development on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif extended his condolences over the death of people in wildfires in Turkey, declaring Tehran's readiness for assistance.

"I am deeply saddened by the fire in some parts of Turkey. We express our sympathy with the government and people of Turkey and we will stand by them,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter page.

“Our facilities will be at the service of our brothers and sisters in Turkey,” he added.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh had also on Friday expressed sympathy with Turkey, and voiced Tehran's readiness to help the Turkish government extinguish the large-scale forest fires in that country's Southern provinces.

Khatibzadeh regretted for a large fire that had broken out in a part of the forest in the Southern provinces of Turkey, causing extensive material damage and the death of a number of Turkish citizens.

Khatibzadeh voiced Iran's solidarity with the government and nation of the friendly and brotherly country of Turkey.

He extended condolences to the families of the victims and announced the readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to help the government and people of Turkey.

Turkey’s Mediterranean region is battling multiple wildfires in three provinces, which started on Wednesday. At least 4 people have been killed in Southern Turkey as two forest fires rage near tourist coastal regions.

Dozens of others were also hospitalized with burns after flames ravaged houses in the Kalemler district.

A wildfire that broke out Wednesday near the Mediterranean town of Manavgat, in Antalya province, had largely been contained.