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Iran, Afghanistan Offer Help To Katrina Victims


4 September 2005 -- Dozens of countries around the world have made pledges of aid to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States, including Iran and Afghanistan.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi today said Tehran is ready to help the victims through the Red Crescent.

Asefi stressed that there was no political motivation behind the possible aid.

In Kabul, the Afghan cash-strapped government pledged to give $100,000 to help victims of the hurricane.

U.S. Ambassador in Kabul Ronald Neumann told a ceremony at which the aid was pledged that Afghanistan's generosity bears testimony of the ties between the Afghan and American peoples.

Hurricane Katrina struck the southern U.S. coast on 29 August, wrecking the city of New Orleans and possibly killing thousands.

(dpa/AP/Reuters)
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