KUALA KUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak extended Malaysia’s condolences to his counterpart in Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a devastating earthquake that struck the nation on Sunday.
“Allow me, on behalf the Government and people of Malaysia, to offer my heartfelt sympathies and sincere condolences to you and the families of the victims of the earthquake which struck the Van Province in the afternoon of Oct 23,” he said in a letter dated Tuesday (Oct 25) sent to the Turkish Prime Minister.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with you (Erdogan) and the people of the Republic of Turkey during this difficult and trying time,” Najib said.
“May Allah the Almighty bestow upon the victims of this tragedy His blessings and mercy and may their souls rest amongst those in Jannah,” he said.
Najib, who is in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, also made a call to Erdogan at 6.40 pm (local time) to express his condolences, and to offer assistance to Turkey.
The Prime Minister spent about 10 minutes conversing with his Turkish counterpart.
On Oct 23, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit near Van province in southeastern Turkey and aftershocks continued after the initial quake, whose epicentre was at the village of Tabanli, north of Van city.
According to the Reuters news agency, the earthquake killed at least 279 people, hundreds are still missing, and more than 1,300 were injured mainly in southeast of Turkey.
Source : Bernama