Iran expresses solidarity, offers to help Turkey fight forest fires

Iran expressed solidarity with Turkey on Friday as Ankara fights forest fires spreading across its southern provinces and offered assistance. 

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif extended his country’s condolences to Turkey as forest fires continued to burn for a third day on Friday, claiming the lives of four people, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

“I was very affected by the forest fire that broke out in some parts of Turkey,” Zarif tweeted in Turkish. “We share the pain of the government and the people of Turkey and we will stand by them.”

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

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh also expressed Tehran’s solidarity with Turkey and said it was ready to assist Ankara in fighting the fires, Iran’s Tehran Times reported on Friday. 

The fires have killed three people in Antalya province and one in Muğla province, Anadolu said. 

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