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Medical supplies sent by Turkey arrive in Venezuela

‘We are grateful to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish nation, government’ Venezuela’s FM says

Muhammed Emin Canik   | 18.07.2020
Medical supplies sent by Turkey arrive in Venezuela Medical supplies, are being loaded to the Turkish Armed Forces' military plane, to be sent to Venezuela to support the fighting against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the Etimesgut Military Airport in Ankara, Turkey on July 16, 2020. ( Fatih Kurt - Anadolu Agency )

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Medical supplies sent by Turkey arrived Saturday in Venezuela to help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.  

“We are receiving more than 15 tons of equipment to fight COVID-19. We are grateful to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish nation and government,” said Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

”The greatness of nations are measured by the capacity of solidarity, not with economic potential, and Turkey set an example in this regard,” he added,

A Turkish Armed Forces aircraft left the Ankara Etimesgut Airbase for Venezuela on Thursday with medical supplies arranged by the health ministry upon directives by Erdogan for the protection against the coronavirus outbreak.

The supplies included a message for residents of the South American nation whose economy has been crippled by US sanctions.

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

Turkey has sent medical aid to nearly 140 countries to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Since first appearing in China last December, the virus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions. The US, Brazil, India, and Russia are currently the countries hardest hit.

The pandemic has killed more than 600,700 worldwide, with an excess of 14 million confirmed cases, according to figures compiled by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

The number of recoveries across the globe has surpassed 7.8 million. 

*Writing by Seda Sevencan

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