Turkey Officials Says Country to Accept Earthquake Aid Offers

The Turkish government said it is willing to accept assistance from other countries, with the country’s foreign ministry office releasing a statement clarifying it has not rejected any aid offer as some aid agencies have reported.

“We don’t hesitate to receive assistance from our friend countries. We haven’t rejected support from other countries,” the ministry said in a statement, as quoted by Epress.am.

A foreign ministry official has noted the government decided to accept aid in light of advice from emergency management authorities that the country needs more shelter to house earthquake survivors, The Associated Press reports. The official requested anonymity because of ministry rules.

Countries that have promised assistance for Turkey include Ireland and Israel, which announced its aid offer earlier this week despite its rift with the Turkish government over a fatal raid on the flotilla that attempted to deliver aid to Gaza last year.

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