Canada Offers Condolences to People of Iran and Pakistan Following Powerful Earthquake

April 16, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, including Canada’s large Iranian and Pakistani communities, I offer our deepest condolences to the people of Iran and Pakistan following the severe earthquake in southeastern Iran.

“The people of Iran and Pakistan are resilient when faced with adversity, and it is our hope they recover quickly from this devastating event.”

Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance abroad should call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885. They can also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada concerned for Canadian citizens whom they believe to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124. They can also send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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