ANKARA, FEBRUARY 15, ARTSAKHPRESS. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Armenia provided humanitarian help and showed solidarity and cooperation at the difficult time for Turkey.
“Today we met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan. He’s visited us after the earthquake to show solidarity with Turkey. Immediately after the earthquake, [Armenian] Prime Minister Pashinyan sent a condolence letter to our President and said that he is ready to provide support. Prime Minister Pashinyan also had a telephone conversation with Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After that, Armenia sent a search-and-rescue team to our country, which is working with us in Adiyaman since February 8. They saved a little girl and a young woman from under the rubble,” FM Cavusoglu said, thanking the Armenian side for not leaving Turkey alone at the difficult moment.
Cavusoglu mentioned that Armenia sent 100 tons of humanitarian aid and another batch is on its way.
“Unfortunately Armenia is located in a seismic zone. We all remember the devastating Spitak earthquake of 1988, when Turkey had also sent aid to Armenia. In 1999 Armenia also sent humanitarian aid during the earthquake in our country. And during these difficult days it gave a helping [humanitarian] hand and showed solidarity and cooperation,” FM Cavusoglu said.
The Turkish FM said that during his bilateral meeting with the Armenian FM they discussed the ongoing work around the peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“The process of normalizing relations continues in South Caucasus. We believe that the cooperation that happened during these days will contribute to this process. The normalization processes of Armenia with Turkey and Azerbaijan, I believe, will contribute to establishing stability and welfare in our region. With sincere steps our three countries can bring lasting stability to the Caucasian region,” the Turkish FM said.
After the meeting the Armenian FM’s delegation departed for Adiyaman.