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Vakhtang Gomelauri thanks Georgian rescuers for their efforts in Turkey

Tbilisi: The Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Vakhtang Gomelauri, with Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili and Head of State Security Service Grigol Liluashvili were in Hatai province, Turkey to assess the ongoing rescue operations.

Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, Vakhtang Gomelauri and other members of the delegation met with Georgian rescuers, who are carrying out earthquake elimination and rescue measures in Antakia, Turkey.

The delegation led by the Head of Government visited the Local Center for Coordination of Crisis Situations and Disaster Management of the Republic of Turkey, where they were informed about the consequences of the earthquake and relief measures. Suleiman Soylu, Minister of Interior of the Republic of Turkey, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez, Minister of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change Murat Kurum and Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Turkish Parliament, Chagatay Kilic.

Head of Government and Minister of Internal Affairs thanked Georgian firefighters and rescuers.

“I would, first of all, like to express once again my deepest sorrow and condolences to the families of the deceased, to the Turkish government. It’s really hard to see from a screen, but it’s much harder to see with your own eyes. Our rescuers are highly experienced and trained. I would like to thank each and every one of them I am really proud when they say thank you your boys worked so hard.

 Everyone was asking, where are Georgians, help them and I am really proud of this. “Again, thank you very much to them,” “You know, from that day, that morning, Mr. Prime Minister was instructed to mobilize our rescuers, equipment and move early in the morning towards the epicentre,” the Interior Minister said while speaking to journalists.

In the delegation of Georgia, headed by the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs – Vakhtang Gomelauri, Head of State Security Service – Grigol Liluashvili, Head of Government Administration – Revaz Javelidze and Head of Emergency Situations Management Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs – Teimuraz Mgebrishvili.

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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