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Taiwan expresses solidarity with quake-hit Turkey

Many Taiwanese make donations to Turkish charities to help quake victims, says Foreign Ministry

Burak Dag   | 26.01.2020
Taiwan expresses solidarity with quake-hit Turkey


Taiwan offered on Saturday its condolences to Turkey after an earthquake in the country's east left at least 35 people dead and more than a thousand injured.

The 6.8-magnitude quake shook Turkey's eastern Elazig province late Friday. Tremors were also felt in neighboring countries including Syria and Georgia.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry voiced sorrow at the loss of lives from the earthquake, according to a statement.

The statement recalled how Turkey was among the few countries which dispatched a rescue team to Taiwan 20 years ago when it suffered a similar earthquake.

“The Taiwanese society until today still remembers the efforts provided by Turkey. According to the messages left on Taiwan mission’s Facebook page, many of them already made donations to Turkey’s disaster relief organizations, in appreciation of Turkey’s assistance in 1999, ” the statement concluded.

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