Qatar, Turkey express solidarity with Libya at UN General Assembly

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, said at the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday that his country was in solidarity with Libya as they mourned the victims of the floods that had ensued from Storm Danie rainwater mixed with the rupture of two dams in Derna, in addition to other cities in eastern Libya.

Qatar was one of the first countries to send aids and relief assistance to Libya following the September 11 catastrophe, which until today had left over 9,000 people missing, 30,000 people displaced and around 3,900 dead.

Relatedly, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country had taken immediate measures to help Libya in the aftermath of the deadly rainstorm that struck the eastern region: Derna the hardest.

Erdogan indicated in his speech at the General Assembly that Ankara had sent to Libya three vessels, three planes, and 567-member teams, not to mention the hundreds of vehicles and tons of food and health materials.

“Ankara can never leave the Libyan people alone in their plight.” Erdogan said, adding that his country would always stand by victims and the oppressed all across the world.

Opening the General Assembly session, the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, indicated that Derna was a sad snapshot of the state of the world, adding that it was the flood of inequity, of injustice, of inability to confront the challenges in our midst.


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