Morocco: Earthquakes

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22 September 2023.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether his Department has received a request of support from the Moroccan Government following the recent earthquake in that country.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Foreign Secretary has spoken to Foreign Minister Bourita and the UK remains in close contact with the Moroccan authorities. With their agreement, the UK has deployed a team of 62 search and rescue specialists and a four-person UKMED medical assessment team. We continue to liaise with Morocco, and with local and international partners, including NGOs, on how best to support Morocco's recovery efforts. Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon has spoken to the UN's emergency relief coordinator about coordinating humanitarian support and ensuring a sustained humanitarian response in Morocco.

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