AA / Spain
The Spanish government announced on Monday its decision to send three planes to Turkey to help it fight the forest fires that started a few days ago.
The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, spoke this morning by telephone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Çavusoglu.
🇪🇦🇹🇷The MFA of Spain, @jmalbares , had a phone call this morning with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, @MevlutCavusoglu , to convey the solidarity of Spain and the condolences for the victims of the fires that are devastating the South of the country.⬇️ pic.twitter.com/RYGxtooEmy
– España en Turquía (@EmbEspTurquia) August 2, 2021
This is what emerged from the statement released by the Spanish MFA saying that Albares called Çavusoglu to express his country’s solidarity and to offer his condolences to the victims of the fires that ravaged southern Turkey.
Albares informed his Turkish counterpart of the decision of the Government of Spain to send two “CL 415” firefighting planes and a “C-295” transport plane belonging to the Spanish Air Force, according to the same press release.
Madrid will also send a full team of the Military Emergency Unit (EMU) to help put out the forest fires.
According to the same source, the planes, personnel and equipment were due to arrive between today Monday and tomorrow Tuesday.
Forest fires have broken out in several districts of southern and southwestern Turkey, including Antalya, Adana, Mersin, Muğla, Osmaniye, which have been declared “disaster areas” by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The number of people who died in the fires rose to 6, while dozens more were injured. The competent Turkish authorities were able to contain most of the fires.
* Translated from Arabic by Hend Abdessamad
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