Thai Prime Minister shows empathy with quake victims in Iran


BANGKOK, Aug 15 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sent a letter of condolence to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in response to the major earthquakes during the weekend that killed at least 250 people, injured thousands and flattened villages in the northwest of Iran, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Thai embassy in Teheran, meanwhile, reported to Bangkok that there were no casualties among the more than 300 Thai people living in Iran. About half of the Thai residents are workers and 55 are students. Some 120 others have been married to Iranians.

The Thai embassy assured that it would closely monitor the situation and update the Foreign Ministry in Bangkok on a regular basis.

Two large quakes with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.3 struck East Azerbaijan province last Saturday.