Turkey Offers Assistance to Morocco After Devastating Earthquake: President Erdogan
Turkish President Erdogan offers assistance to earthquake-stricken Morocco
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Sunday that Turkey is ready to provide aid to Morocco, which recently experienced a devastating earthquake.
Support for Morocco
During a press conference at the G20 summit in India, Erdogan expressed solidarity with Morocco, referring to Turkey’s own experience with a major disaster earlier this year. He stated, “As a country that witnessed the ‘disaster of the century’ just six months ago, we are ready to help our Moroccan brothers in any way we can.”
On Friday, Morocco was hit by a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake, resulting in the loss of at least 2,012 lives and leaving thousands injured.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has already offered assistance, including sending a team of 265 members consisting of rescuers from AFAD, the Turkish Red Crescent, the Health Ministry’s National Medical Rescue, and NGOs.
In addition, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Department is awaiting approval from Moroccan authorities to deliver 1,000 tents to the affected region. They have expressed their concern for the safety and well-being of the Moroccan people affected by the earthquake.
Expressions of solidarity and condolences
President Erdogan conveyed his best wishes to the Moroccan people affected by the earthquake, hoping for a swift recovery for the wounded and expressing condolences for those who lost their lives. He also expressed solidarity through a tweet on Twitter, stating that Turkey stands by their Moroccan brothers on this difficult day.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry also expressed sadness and offered support, stating that Turkey is ready to provide any necessary assistance to help heal the wounds. Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz and Parliament Speaker Numan Kurtulmuş also extended their condolences and wished for the recovery of the wounded.
In February of this year, Turkey experienced two devastating earthquakes along its southern border with Syria, resulting in the loss of over 50,000 lives.