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MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – February 08, 2023) Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said on Tuesday that coordination of humanitarian efforts between Ankara and Damascus is necessary in the wake of the severe earthquake that hit both countries.
“There has been no coordination between Syria and Turkey, even at the humanitarian level – although it is needed,” Mikdad told Al Mayadeen broadcaster.
Mikdod also said that sanctions against Syria have “made the disaster worse” because the country cannot receive humanitarian aid.
“Many countries have sent aid to Syria and we thank all the leaders who have contacted us and sent their condolences and expressed their willingness to help us… The situation is very serious and regardless of the amount of aid to Syria. it needs more… Help from Europe does not need requests and bureaucracy, as humanitarian aid is not under sanctions, he told the radio reporter.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday that European Union sanctions against Syria would “complicate” efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Damascus.
“I want to emphasize this: this is not about geopolitics. This is not about recognizing any regime. This is about saving people in terrible conditions who desperately need our help,” Mitsotakis told CNN.
The prime minister expressed doubts that aid will reach the affected areas and people because there is no “official dialogue” in Syria. Therefore, he requested that humanitarian aid be provided through the United Nations or the European Union.
“No country can independently implement such agreements. Therefore, I think it is important that these negotiations take place either through the UN or through the European Union, with the involvement of resources. Some kind of discussions take place at the bilateral level,” he said. .
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake, with several aftershocks and aftershocks, shook parts of Turkey and Syria on Monday, leveling thousands of homes and killing more than 7,000 people in both countries.
Swedish TV channel SVT reported on Tuesday that Stockholm will send around $2.8 million in humanitarian aid to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help Syria and Turkey deal with the consequences of the earthquake.
According to the report of the Czech news agency “Idnes”, the residents of the Czech Republic collected more than 1 million 100 thousand dollars in donations and sent this amount to charitable organizations to help Turkey and Syria affected by the earthquake.