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Iran donates house to Serbian family
Sat, 09 Apr 2011 15:34:02 GMT
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Iranian ambassador to Serbia Abolqasem Delfi gives the key of a prefabricated house to Milan Veljovic, who lost his home in the 2010 Kraljevo earthquake.
Iran has donated a prefabricated house to a Serbian family who lost their home in the 2010 earthquake several kilometers from the city of Kraljevo.

Iranian Ambassador to Serbia Abolqasem Delfi gave the key to the 60-square-meter house to Milan Veljovic who moved in along with his wife and two sons.

Delfi, who had visited the quake-hit city only a few days after the incident, promised the family a new home on behalf of his country, the Trojka website reported.

“We wanted to extend the Iranian people's sympathy to the victims of the earthquake and show our solidarity with them,” Delfi said during a ceremony held for unveiling the house, adding that Iran is eager to expand its long-time relations with Serbia.

The Veljovic family welcomed Iranians with bread and salt, which is the Serbian custom, and thanked the people of Iran for giving them the opportunity to go back to their normal life.

“We are very happy because thanks to these good people we have solved our greatest and toughest problem,” said Milan.

The ceremony was also attended by Kraljevo Mayor Ljubisa Simovic, who expressed his hope for closer ties between the two nations.

The 2010 Kraljevo earthquake occurred on November 3 in central Serbia leaving two people dead and more than 100 injured.

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