Sisi phones Erdogan to express condolences after devastating earthquake

MENA , Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Feb 2023

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has phoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express condolences and sympathy over the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Turkey on Monday, leaving thousands of people dead and wounded.

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During the phone conversation, President El-Sisi stressed Egypt's solidarity with the brotherly Turkish people, noting that humanitarian assistance and relief will be delivered to help Turkey overcome the consequences of that disaster, Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy said.

Meanwhile, the Turkish president thanked President El-Sisi for his good feelings, which he said confirm the depth of historical relations between the Egyptian and Turkish peoples. 

Earlier on Tuesday, President El-Sisi affirmed in a phone call with the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad Egypt’s solidarity with Syria and its brotherly people in the current calamity and that he would direct all possible aid to the country.

On Monday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks struck eastern Turkey and neighbouring Syria, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 5,400 people according to most recent figures.

On Monday, shortly after the devastating earthquake struck the two countries, El-Sisi expressed Egypt's "full solidarity" with the people of Syria and Turkey as well as the country's readiness to provide aid to face the impacts of the deadly earthquake.

"I express my sincere condolences to the people of Syria and Turkey and the families of the victims of this devastating earthquake that struck the Eastern Mediterranean region," El-Sisi said during a press conference alongside the Croatian President Zoran Milanovich who is visiting the Egyptian capital to discuss bilateral relations.

The Egyptian president affirmed his readiness to provide aid to face the impacts of this earthquake, adding "once more, our sincerest condolences and solidarity and our prayers to God for a speedy recovery of the injured."

Earlier on Monday, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that Egypt is ready to provide assistance to help both Syria and Turkey face the horrifying impacts of the deadly earthquake that struck both countries as well as a number of eastern Mediterranean countries.

In two separate phone calls with his Turkish and Syrian counterparts, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry announced that Egypt was sending urgent relief aid to both countries.

Egypt’s embassies in Syria and Turkey launched on Monday hotlines for Egyptians in both countries to report any damage or call for help following the deadly earthquake that hit both countries.

Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid posted the hotline numbers of both embassies online.

Egyptian Embassy in Ankara: 00905497695566

Egyptian Embassy in Damascus: 00963112144886 - 00963112144885

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