Turkish-Greek ‘natural disaster diplomacy’
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday night immediately after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit eastern Elazığ province and wished a quick recovery to residents. He expressed his “wholehearted sympathy” and offered assistance saying that his search and rescue teams were ready to assist with efforts after the powerful earthquake killed at least 39 people. Erdoğan thanked Mitsotakis for his support, according to an announcement from the prime minister’s office.
In addition, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias also called his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, to say that Athens is ready to give support if needed.
However, earlier this month, Mitsotakis had visited the White House to complain about Turkey and ask U.S. President Donald Trump to take action against Turkey’s oil and gas drilling activities in the Mediterranean Sea and its maritime-border deal with Libya. As is known, with this…
Hunger Looms in Madagascar After Torrential Rains Displace More Than 100,000 People
The floods have also destroyed roads, houses, schools, crops, and livestock. ReliefWeb, a humanitarian information portal, reported that more than 10,600 houses are still flooded, while 6,600 students in the seven regions hit hardest by the floods have stopped going to school as a result of the damage.
National roads that connect north-western Madagascar to the rest of the country have also been destroyed. Madagascar’s Prime Minister Christian Ntsay declared a “natural disaster” on Jan. 24 and declared a state of emergency…