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Iran ready to receive int'l aid for quake victims

(Xinhua)

09:37, August 14, 2012

TEHRAN, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Iranian First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi said Monday that the Islamic republic is ready to receive international aid for the quake-hit people of Iran's East Azerbaijan province, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Rahimi made the remarks in a press conference in Tabriz, the provincial capital of East Azerbaijan.

Iran has helped other countries in the face of disasters and now the country is ready to receive international aid for the victims of the earthquake, he was quoted as saying.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported Monday that Iran has not accepted Turkey's rescue team which was sent to help the Iranian quake victims.

The rescue team from Turkey had been sent to Iran without coordination, and since Iran had already announced that it would not accept international help, Turkey's rescue team was returned to their country, ISNA quoted an official from the Red Crescent Society of East Azerbaijan province as saying.

Sadeq Namdar, director of Bazargan Customs Office in Iran's West Azerbaijan, said the first emergency supplies from Turkey's Red Crescent Society has been dispatched to Bazargan customs office bordering Turkey, according to IRNA.
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