Messages of Condolences and Support Pour in After Devastating Earthquake in Morocco
On Friday, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck central Morocco, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 1,000 lives. The earthquake, which occurred late in the evening, caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure in the region. The international community has responded with messages of condolences and offers of support to Morocco during this difficult time.
Türkiye, which experienced its own devastating earthquakes earlier this year, expressed solidarity with Morocco and offered to provide search and rescue assistance and relief aid. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also conveyed their condolences and readiness to provide aid. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni pledged their countries’ full support in this emergency.
The United Kingdom, through Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, offered their sympathies and readiness to assist Morocco in any way possible. European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen and President of the European Council Charles Michel expressed their solidarity and willingness to support Morocco during these difficult times.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) also pledged their support and readiness to assist in the recovery efforts.
Condolences from the Balkans
Leaders from the Balkan region, including Montenegro’s President Jakov Milatovic, Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, and Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani, extended their condolences and offered their support to Morocco.
Support from Other Nations
Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani directed the dispatch of rescue teams and urgent medical aid to Morocco. Tunisia announced the deployment of a civil defense team, including doctors and rescue dogs, as well as a field hospital. Algeria, despite its previous ban on flights to Morocco, announced that it would allow humanitarian aid flights to pass through its airspace.
United Nations and Global Support
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed his condolences and affirmed the readiness of the U.N. to support the Moroccan government. U.N. Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator Martin Griffiths also offered support. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin, and Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry all expressed their sympathy and offered assistance to Morocco during this challenging time.
The devastating earthquake in Morocco has prompted an outpouring of condolences and support from countries around the world. The international community stands in solidarity with Morocco and is ready to provide assistance in any way necessary. As Morocco mourns the loss of lives and begins the process of recovery, the support and solidarity from other nations will undoubtedly play a crucial role in their healing process.