Geography of Asia

Cyprus to cover costs for infected tourists

Cyprus is pledging to cover costs for anyone testing positive for the coronavirus while vacationing in the east Mediterranean island nation.

The Cypriot government says it will cover lodging, food, drink and medication for Covid-19 patients and their families. Patients will only have to pay for the taxi ride to the airport and the flight back home.

Israel seeking deeper cooperation with Greece, Ambassador Yossi Amrani says

In an interview with Kathimerini, Israeli Ambassador to Greece Yossi Amrani made it clear that he sees even closer cooperation in every area. Our conversation marked the 30th anniversary since Greece, under the government of Konstantinos Mitsotakis, recognized the State of Israel on May 21, 1990, and full diplomatic relations were established between the two countries.

Turkey sends medical aid to Chad, Tajikistan

A Turkish plane carrying medical supplies departed from the capital Ankara for Chad on May 26 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The boxes containing the aid carried a message for the people of Chad.

"After hopelessness, there is so much hope, and after darkness, there is the much brighter sun," it said, quoting the words of 13th-century Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi.

Turkish ambassador dismisses Evros border dispute as ‘technical’

An ongoing dispute between Greece and Turkey regarding a small pocket of land on the northeastern Evros River border between the two countries is "technical" in nature and should not be turned into an "issue," the Turkish ambassador in Athens, Burak Ozugergin, has reportedly said.

Turkey evacuates 4 COVID-19 patients from Bangladesh

Turkey on May 24 evacuated four COVID-19 patients including an expatriate from Bangladesh, officials said. 

"Tuba Ahsan, a Turkish citizen, her Bangladeshi husband Mossaddique Ahsan, and their 3-year-old twins Huma and Ziyad were evacuated in an air ambulance," a statement by the Turkish Embassy in Dhaka read.