Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd February 2023.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had recent discussions with his Turkish counterpart on ensuring that emergency aid for victims of the recent earthquakes is able to (a) pass safely through national borders and (b) reach predominately ethnic and religious minority areas.
The Prime Minister spoke to President Erdogan on 7 February, noting the humanitarian situation over the border in North-West Syria, where Turkey plays an important coordinating role. The UK is one of the top donors to the Syria Cross-border Humanitarian Fund and welcomes the UN-brokered agreement to open additional border crossings into North-West Syria for an initial period of three months.
The UK has sent thousands of life-saving items to Turkey and Syria, including tents and thermal blankets and is working in coordination with Turkish authorities, United Nations and NGO partners to ensure aid reaches those who are most in need.
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