The United States offered its “heartfelt condolences” to those affected by Wednesday’s devastating earthquake in Afghanistan.
“We are deeply saddened by the reports of an earthquake in eastern Afghanistan,” the Twitter account of the US Embassy in Kabul submitted Wednesday.
The United States has no presence in Afghanistan following the full withdrawal of US troops and the collapse of the Afghan government, and its embassy is currently operating from Qatar. It has no official ties with the Taliban government.
CNN has asked the U.S. State Department if it intends to provide assistance in response to the natural disaster that has killed more than 900 people.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his condolences and an offer of support in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the earthquake in Afghanistan, which resulted in the loss of innocent lives,” he wrote. “People in Pakistan share the grief and sorrow of their Afghan brothers. Relevant authorities are working to support Afghanistan in this time of need.”
India expressed “sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families,” according to a tweet from the spokesman of the Indian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.
The Iranian embassy in Kabul said this send two aircraft with first aid supplies to Afghanistan.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said he was “mourning” the deaths caused by the quake, according to a tweet from the Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan. “Afg is a friendly neighbor to China and China is willing to provide emergency humanitarian aid according to Afg’s needs,” the embassy tweeted.
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Turkish Red Crescent, a humanitarian organization “operating in Afghanistan, has issued humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in the region.”
Pope Francis said he prayed “for those who have lost their lives and for their families.”
“I hope that help can be sent there to help all the suffering of the dear people of Afghanistan,” the pope said.
Also former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on international charities and organizations to help the families affected by the earthquake.