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Turkey vows solidarity with US in fighting Covid-19 outbreak

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to stand in solidarity with the United States in its struggle against the coronavirus pandemic and as it recovers from the outbreak.

By: AP | Ankara | Updated: April 29, 2020 4:45:47 pm
Turkey vows solidarity with US in fighting Covid-19 outbreak US President Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the annual NATO heads of government summit at the Grove Hotel in Watford, Britain December 4, 2019. (Reuters Photo: Peter Nicholls)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to stand in solidarity with the United States in its struggle against the coronavirus pandemic and as it recovers from the outbreak.

In a letter sent to President Donald Trump Erdogan also said he was following with appreciation the American leaders efforts to control the outbreak.

The letter was sent Tuesday along with a planeload of personal protective equipment that Turkey donated to the US It was made public on Wednesday.

Erdogan wrote, “I am very pleased to observe that thanks to your measures America has taken the first steps towards normalization by achieving a downward trend in the number of new cases.

“You can be sure as a reliable and strong partner of the US we will continue to demonstrate solidarity in every way possible,” Erdogan wrote.

Turkey sent 500,000 surgical masks, 4,000 overalls, 2,000 liters 528 gallons of disinfectant, 1,500 goggles, 400 N95 masks and 500 face shields. Turkey has sent similar medical equipment aid to a total of 55 countries — including Britain Italy and Spain.

Erdogan and Trump have maintained a close personal relationship despite a series of differences between Ankara and Washington including policy on Syria and Turkeys decision to purchase the S400 Russian missile defense system that the US says poses a threat to its F35 stealth fighter jets and to NATO.

The US removed Turkey from the fighter jet program and has threatened sanctions if the Russian system is deployed.

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