Georgia has been one of the first countries to offer aid to Turkey in the aftermath of Monday’s devastating earthquake, Ali Kaan Orbai, the Turkish Ambassador to Georgia said on Thursday.
The diplomat noted he was aware that the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili was “personally coordinating” rescue efforts, with the Georgian Government also providing humanitarian aid to the victims of the 7.8-magnitude quake that killed more than 19,000 so far.
The Georgian people express great solicitude and I would like to say that I am proud to be the Ambassador in the country that loves Turkey so much. [...] along with the material support, this [attitude] from Georgia - as from our close neighbour, friend, brother, and strategic partner - gives us emotional support as well”, the Ambassador told the media.
The Georgian Ambassador to Turkey Giorgi Janjgava on Thursday said 108 Georgian professionals and their rescue dogs - who left for Turkey on Monday and Wednesday along with accompanying hardware to ensure aid on the instructions of Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili - were “continuously” working in the city of Adiyaman in south-east of the country.
The search and rescue crew members had been trained in the work and were able to save three individuals in the worst-affected city since their arrival.
The latest figures show the huge quake killed at least 16,170 in Turkey.