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Iran extends hand of support to flood-stricken Libya

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TEHRAN – In a gesture of goodwill and solidarity, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has extended humanitarian aid to Libya as the North African nation grapples with the devastating aftermath of severe floods that have caused mass casualties and widespread destruction.

Amir-Abdollahian announced on Tuesday that Iran’s Red Crescent Society stands ready to provide much-needed relief to Libya, showcasing Iran’s commitment to aiding a fellow nation in its time of need.

Expressing profound sorrow over the disaster, the Iranian Foreign Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Libyan authorities and people. He also expressed sympathies to the families who have lost loved ones due to the catastrophic floods.

This humanitarian assistance offer comes at a crucial time when Libya is battling the devastating consequences of the floods, which have caused significant harm to infrastructure, homes, and livelihoods.

Furthermore, this initiative is seen in the context of Iran and Libya’s efforts to restore diplomatic ties fully. Tehran and Tripoli recently made significant strides in this direction, with both nations announcing plans to reopen their respective embassies.

Iran and Libya have maintained diplomatic relations, but the Iranian embassy in Libya had been closed since the uprising against the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. This closure marked a significant chapter in the complex history of relations between the two countries.

In a step towards strengthening diplomatic ties, Ali Jumaa Hassan Fudail, the new Libyan ambassador to Tehran, presented his credentials to Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran in early July. This exchange of diplomats signifies the commitment of both nations to rekindling their diplomatic relations and fostering cooperation in various spheres.

The offer of humanitarian aid by Iran serves as a tangible expression of support and solidarity between the two nations. It reflects the spirit of international cooperation and underscores the importance of lending a helping hand to countries facing natural disasters and crises.

As Libya grapples with the aftermath of the devastating floods, Iran’s gesture of assistance is likely to play a vital role in alleviating the suffering of the affected population and further strengthening the bonds of friendship between the two nations.

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