President of Laos Sends Message of Condolences to Turkey after Earthquake

President Thongloun Sisoulith

President Thongloun Sisoulith sent a message of condolence to Turkey yesterday after an earthquake struck the country on 6 February, claiming thousands of lives.

The message, addressed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reads:

“It is with great sadness that I have received the news about the massive earthquake in southeast Turkey that caused a great loss of life, injuries, and destruction of property in the area.

On behalf of the people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and on my own behalf, I would like to express my sincere condolences to you, your government, and the Turkish people, especially the families of those affected by the earthquake.

I believe that under your leadership, with the good work of the people of Turkey, and with assistance from the international community, you will be able to overcome this disaster and restore the lives of your people to normal soon.”

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Turkey at approximately 4:17 am local time on 6 February, causing massive damage and claiming the lives of over 23,000 people.

Search and rescue operations continue, with an outpouring of aid and assistance being sent from friendly countries around the world.

Laos and Turkey established diplomatic relations in 1958.