Belgium ready to dispatch aid to Iran's quake-hit Khoy: FM

TEHRAN, Jan. 30 (MNA) – Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib in a phone call with her Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said that her country is ready to send necessary aid to Iran's quake-hit city of Khoy.

Hadja Lahbib also offered condolences over the deadly earthquake.

Amir-Abdollahian and Lahbib, during the phone call, also discussed developing Iran-Belgium relations and cooperation.

The latest status of consular cooperation between the two countries, as well as regional developments, were also discussed by the two top diplomats.

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit the city at 9:44 pm local time on January 28. The epicenter was located 23 kilometers southeast of Khoy with a population of 175,000.

At least three people died and over 900 were injured as a result of a powerful earthquake in northwestern Iran.

The earthquake caused 20 to 50 percent damage to buildings in 70 villages, according to the Governor of the West Azarbaijan Province.


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