Greece is ‘ready to assist’ Turkey after deadly earthquake kills at least 21 people: Greek PM

Turkey earthquake

Turkey earthquake

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night, to express his sympathies and offer assistance in the wake of a devastating 6.8-magnitude earthquake, which has killed at least 21 people.

According to an announcement from the Prime Minister’s office, Erdogan thanked Mitsotakis for his support and added that Turkish authorities would have a clearer picture of the situation on Saturday.

Mitsotakis also took to social media to offer his “wholehearted sympathy” to Erdogan and the Turkish people. “Our search and rescue teams stand ready to assist,” he tweeted.

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias also called his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to express Athens’ support.

According to seismologist Efthymios Lekkas, the earthquake in Turkey is not linked to seismic activity in Greece and there is no correlation between the tectonic structures that could transfer earthquake activity to Greece.