On November 13, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; sent a letter to Mr. Hassan Rohani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in condolence for the devastating earthquake that occurred in the Azgaleh District of the Kermanshah Province of Iran.
The letter stated in part: “With great sorrow we were informed about the devastating earthquake in Iran, which has caused hundreds of deaths and injuries, leaving thousands of families homeless.
Our people, who three decades ago survived this type of catastrophe, deeply share the pain of the friendly people of Iran, wishing that through your leadership and joint efforts of all the people of Iran, the damage caused by the disaster will soon be overcome and a peaceful and secure life be returned to the country”.
His Holiness called upon the consolation of the Holy Spirit for all those in mourning, and wished good health and quick recovery to the injured of the earthquake.
About 440 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.