Greece pledges 'every force available' to aid Turkey

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis India

Greece's prime minister on Monday vowed to make "every force available" to aid historical rival Turkey after the neighbouring country was hit by a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the cabinet that Ankara had already approved the dispatch of a Greek emergency rescue squad and that Athens was ready to send "additional equipment, medical supplies, blankets, tents" depending on further Turkish requests.

The powerful earthquake felt in Turkey and Syria, has killed nearly 1,800 people, levelled buildings and caused tremors felt as far away as Greenland.

Greece's foreign minister said he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart. The Greek government spokesman said a C-130 military transport plane would likely depart Monday for Turkey with rescuers and supplies.

The spokesman said that the head of Greece's quake protection agency will accompany the mission.

Despite decades of animosity and recent tension over migration and hydrocarbon exploration, Greece and Turkey have a long history of helping each other in earthquakes.

The countries cooperated on recovery efforts in 2020 after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, killing scores and causing extensive damage, mainly in Turkey.

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