Blinken to Türkiye: 'the United States is here' with aid

Blinken to Türkiye:
# 20 February 2023 11:20 (UTC +04:00)

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday announced further aid to Türkiye and said Washington would provide longer term help to Ankara as it seeks to rebuild following this month's earthquake, APA reports citing Reuters.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey's southeast and neighbouring Syria on Feb. 6, killing more than 45,000 people and leaving a million-plus homeless, with the economic cost of the disaster expected to run into billions of dollars.

Blinken arrived at Incirlik Air Force Base on Sunday for an official visit and discussions on how Washington can further assist.

From Incirlik, he took a helicopter ride with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to observe from above the devastation caused by the earthquake in the southern Hatay province, one of the hardest hit.

Reporters on the tour saw the uneven toll from the massive quake, with some buildings standing but with collapsed roofs and shattered windows. Other residential buildings leaned heavily to one side after lower levels had collapsed, and blue and white tents housing survivors were set up among the rubble.

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