Turkey has provided $325 mln in coronavirus relief to northern Cypriots: VP

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This picture taken on August 31, 2018, shows a view of the equestrian statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, at the National Sovereignty Monument in the northern part of Nicosia in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is only recognised by Turkey. Hit by the tanking Turkish lira, breakaway northern Cyprus is struggling to fend off a crisis largely outside the control of the isolated enclave that relies on Ankara for its economic survival, while visitors from the Greek south of the island flock across the border to take advantage of the situation, buying cheap petrol and commodities, and causing long queues at the checkpoints. / AFP PHOTO / Amir MAKAR

Ankara has provided some $325 million to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) to help it weather the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Tuesday.

“While preparing for the new normal, Turkey will continue to support the KKTC,” Oktay said during a video conference, according to TRT World, part of Turkish state broadcaster TRT.

Sharing details, Oktay said the financial assistance was being extended in the form of grants and loans.

He said the financial support would help cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the KKTC’s economy and further improve Turkey-KKTC relations.

The last coronavirus patient in the KKTC recovered on May 11.

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