Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan thanks Vietnam for earthquake rescue aid
|Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan thanks Vietnam for earthquake rescue aid: President Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Major General Pham Van Ty, Head of the rescue team of the Vietnam People's Army in Hatay province on February 20, 2023. (Source: Thi Tung/People's Army Newspaper)
On February 20, the Turkish President expressed his thanks to domestic and international search and rescue teams, including one from the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence, during his field trip to Antakya, the capital of Hatay province, one of the localities hardest hit by the natural disaster.
The President met Head of the team, Maj. Gen. Pham Van Ty, Deputy Chief of the Office of the National Committee for Incident and Disaster Response, Search and Rescue and Deputy Director of the Vietnam People Army (VPA)'s Department of Search and Rescue.
President Erdogan noted his gratitude to foreign countries for their emergency aid and dispatch of search and rescue forces to Turkey, stressing that the earthquake has revealed the importance of international solidarity and Turkey will forever keep in mind the friendship.
As of February 20, the VPA team had searched 31 locations in Antakya, helping discover 15 sites with victims trapped under the rubble, including two places with signs of survivors. They handed over the sites to the local rescue force to bring 28 dead bodies out.
During that process, they coordinated with the Bahraini and Mexican teams to find out three sites with 10 corpses, and assisted three families to move household goods out of the rubble.
On February 12, the 76-strong rescue teams of the VPA, along with 35 tonnes of cargo, departed for Turkey night to assist the country in recovery efforts following the devastating earthquake.
Meanwhile, the 24-member team of the Ministry of Public Security engaged in search and rescue efforts in the Turkish southeastern city of Adiyaman after they arrived at Istanbul International Airport on February 10.
On February 14, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh wrote to the Presidents of Turkey and Syria offering aid of 100,000 USD each to their countries.