Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Saturday said the country was ready to “do even more” for Turkey following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that occurred early on Monday, killing at least 24,150 in the country, the Government Administration said.
Garibashvili noted he had already instructed the relevant agencies to start preparation for sending humanitarian aid to Turkey on Monday and Tuesday. The Government allocated ₾1million ($374,000) from its reserve fund to deliver medicine, food, clothes, medical equipment, and other necessities for the survivors of the devastating disaster. The private sector, the Parliament, and other agencies have also been mobilised to provide “maximum support” for the Turkish people, he added.
Once again, I would like to convey my condolences to our friendly, brotherly nation [Turkey] and its people, as well as to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. We must extend maximum support to the Turkish people”, the Head of the Government stressed.
The PM noted, following his instructions, more than 100 Georgian professionals had left for Turkey on Monday and Wednesday, to ensure aid for the neighbouring country in search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of the latest massive quake, and added Georgian “hero rescuers” had already managed to save a “lot of people”.