Qassemi on Wednesday evening voiced Iran’s grief and offered its condolences to Italy over the quake.
He also wished a speedy recovery for its victims, as reported by Iranian media outlets.
The strong earthquake struck a mountainous stretch of central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 247 people and trapping scores under debris.
The tremor, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, struck at 3:36 a.m., about 6.5 miles southeast of the town of Norcia in the Umbria region, followed by about 200 aftershocks over the next several hours.
Towns in three regions -Umbria, Lazio and Marche- have been devastated by the quake.