Blinken tells Türkiye to ‘let us know’ what U.S. can do after earthquake

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Turkish
counterpart to “pick up the phone and let us know” what the United
States can do to help after a huge earthquake hit the country on
Monday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters,
Trend reports citing

The Biden administration’s top diplomat spoke to Turkish Foreign
Minister Mevlut Cavushoglu by phone following the earthquake that
killed more than 2,700 people across a swathe of Türkiye and
northwest Syria.

“It was so important for the secretary to speak to his foreign
minister counterpart, Foreign Minister Cavushoglu, in the first
instance to offer condolences and to make clear…that anything
Türkiye needed that we could provide, they should pick up the phone
and let us know,” Price said.

Blinken asked his senior staff on Monday morning to identify
what funding might be available to help Turkey and NGOs working on
the ground in Syria, Price said.

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