Japan's PM thanks Iran for quake aid

Iran Materials 25 April 2011 01:42 (UTC +04:00)

Japan's Prime Minister has thanked Iran for its humanitarian aid to the Japanese people who are suffering by the last month 9.0-magnitude earthquake, Press TV reported.

In a message delivered by Japan's ambassador to Iran, Prime Minister Naoto Kan hailed the goodwill of the Iranian nation who expressed their "sympathy and support" for the battered people of Japan.

On March 11, Japan was hit by the strong earthquake and a devastating tsunami which ravaged the country's northeast. The disaster has left tens of thousands of people dead and missing.

Iran has so far dispatched four aid consignments to the quake-hit country and the Islamic Republic's Ambassador to Japan Abbas Araqchi has expressed the country's readiness to provide fuel to the nation.

Iran was the first country in the Middle East to send humanitarian aid to Japan.

The quake is now considered to be Japan's deadliest natural disaster since the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, which claimed the lives of more than 142,000 people.