Egyptian president extends condolences to Syria, Turkey over huge earthquake

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ADANA, TURKIYE - FEBRUARY 06: A person is rescued from the wreckage of a building during search and rescue efforts after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern provinces of Turkiye, in Adana, Turkiye on February 6, 2023. The 7.4 magnitude earthquake jolted Turkiye's southern province of Kahramanmaras early Monday, according to Turkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). It was followed by a magnitude 6.4 quake that struck southeastern Gaziantep province. A third earthquake with a 6.5 magnitude also hit Gaziantep. Earthquakes had affected several provinces including, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adiyaman, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Sanliurfa. (Photo by Eren Bozkurt/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al- Sisi on Tuesday extended condolences to his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad over the loss of lives in the earthquakes in Syria.

In a phone conversation, Al-Sisi expressed “his full solidarity with the people of Syria over this painful event,” and wished the wounded a speedy recovery, according to a statement by Egypt’s presidency.

He also expressed willingness to provide all kinds of aid and help to Syria. For his part, Al- Assad stressed the importance of the historical ties between the two countries and

their people.
Al-Sisi also extended condolences to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and stressed Egypt’s full solidarity with Turkey and its people, expressing willing- ness to provide aid.

Moreover, Al-Sisi ordered send- ing 5 military planes loaded with ur- gent medical aid to Syria and Turkey.

About 5,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands injured as of Tuesday noon by the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. The quakes could also be felt in Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel and other surrounding countries. This is the first-ever phone conversation between the two presidents since Al-Sisi took office.

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