World leaders offer condolences to Turkey over wildfires

Many world leaders on July 31 conveyed their condolences to Turkey, where forest fires have led to deaths and material damage.


"Malaysia expresses sincere condolences over the loss of lives caused by the forest fires in Turkey, including in Antalya - the hometown of my brother Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu," Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on his social media account.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Government and people of Turkey in these trying times," he added.

Jordan's King Abdullah II on July 31 offered assistance to Turkey to help the country confront forest fires that broke out since Wednesday.

Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said he called Çavuşoğlu to offer Jordan's condolences to Turkey over the victims of the fires.

Safadi said King Abdullah II has issued directives to provide Turkey with any assistance needed to confront the fires.

"At the directives of His Majesty, we are ready to offer any support needed," he said on Twitter, adding that his country will "stand in full solidarity with our brethren."


Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev sent a message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, expressing sorrow. He said Kazakhstan is ready to offer humanitarian assistance to Turkey and wished Erdoğan success in fighting the disaster.

Erdoğan also thanked Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a phone call for sending planes and helicopters to help, the presidency said.

Separately, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili said "we are closely following the news of large-scale forest fires occurring in the southern regions of Turkey, our friend, our strategic partner."


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