Erdogan Opens Apartment Complex in Albania for Quake Victims

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) during a welcoming ceremony with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama (L) at Tirana airport, January 17 2022. Photo: EPA-EFE/MALTON DIBRA

The complex was financed and built by Turkey for Albanians who lost their houses in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in late 2019, which killed 51 people and displaced nearly 17,000 people.

"Albania's sorrow is our sorrow; Albania's happiness is our happiness. We do not differentiate between your peace and well-being and ours. We took action as soon as we heard about the earthquake and we ran to help you with all means," Erdogan said in the official ceremony.

Erdogan called the project a sign of good and strong relations between Albania and Turkey.

Albanian authorities thanked Erdogan for Turkey's help during and after the earthquake, while hundreds of people gathered to welcome the Turkish President.

"Erdogan does not only think and speak he gets things done. He also always wants the goodness of his brother, as the Prophet Mohammed said," Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said. "President Erdogan says what he does and does what he says," Rama added.

Speaker of Parliament Lindita Nikolla was amongst those who thanked Turkey.

"I present my deepest thanks and gratitude. You [Turkey and Erdogan] stood with us with the earthquake and the pandemic. Thanks to you, Albanian families will stay in warm houses," Nikolla said.

The Housing Development Administration of Turkey, TOKI built an apartment complex costing 42 million euros in Lac municipality in Kurbin region where 522 Albanian families will be accommodated for free.

In addition to the apartment complex, Turkey restored two schools in the same area and a square named "Recep Tayyip Erdogan" as...

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