Turkish president appreciates international assistance to fight forest fires

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday, thanked the countries and organizations that support Turkey in fighting the forest fires that have swept the country for nearly a week.

“I thank, on behalf of my country, all countries and organizations that offered their support, sent wishes and condolences, and expressed their readiness to help and provide assistance in our fight against forest fires,” Erdogan said on Twitter.

“God willing, we will pass these difficult times as quickly as possible,” he added.

The photo he shared with the post includes the flags of 73 countries and 10 international organizations.

On the other hand, Erdogan thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for their full support from the first moment.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the president of our neighboring Iran, Ibrahim Raisi, to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim (bin Hamad al-Thani), to Croatian President Zoran Milanovic, and to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for their strong solidarity.”

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The Turkish government said the vast majority of forest fires have been contained. At least eight people were killed, as firefighters, local residents and volunteers worked tirelessly to control the fires.

Similarly, two CL 415 firefighting planes sent by Spain arrived in Turkey on Tuesday, according to the Spanish Embassy in Ankara via Twitter.

The embassy told Anadolu Agency that the Spanish group, consisting of 27 pilots, who arrived in Dalaman district of Mugla province in the Aegean Sea, is preparing their flight plans for the emergency exit of the two planes.

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The aircraft will begin their first mission shortly after the Spanish group assesses the current situation with the Turkish authorities.

On Monday, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Alparís had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to express Spain’s solidarity and condolences to the victims of the fires.

Alparis also reported sending a C-295 transport plane of the Spanish Air Force, as well as a full team of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), to help put out the forest fires, the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed in a press release. statment.

The transport plane arrived in Dalaman late Monday.

* Written by Zahra Nour Dawez

* Maria Paula Trevigno contributed to this note.

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