Turkey evacuates expats from 107 countries


Turkey has repatriated its nationals from 107 countries so far amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The number of countries in which we have evacuated our citizens has reached 107. This number is increasing day after day,” Deputy Foreign Minister Yavuz Selim Kıran said on May 6 in a live broadcast on the Instagram account of
the Ankara-based Turkish Writers’ Union.

Nearly 70,000 Turkish nationals have been repatriated so far, Kıran said.

“We have also enabled over 600 foreign citizens to reach their countries.”

Kıran said that right now, Turkish citizens from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Brazil are en route to Turkey.

“More than 200,000 foreigners have left Turkey so far. Around 20,000 of them were able to leave our country with special permits thanks to the support we gave them,” he added.

Two-thirds of the world’s countries have asked Turkey for help in the fight against the coronavirus, he said, adding it is a reflection of the country’s strong healthcare system and position in the fight against the pandemic.

Hurriyet Daily News


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