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UPDATE 2 - World leaders continue to show solidarity with Türkiye following deadly quakes

UPDATE 2 - World leaders continue to show solidarity with Türkiye following deadly quakes
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he held phone calls with 19 leaders


By Diyar Guldogan and Merve Aydogan

ANKARA (AA) - Messages of support continued to pour in Tuesday from world leaders after a devasting series of earthquakes Monday struck Türkiye.

Crown Prince of Kuwait Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed sympathy for those who were killed and wished recovery to the injured, Türkiye's Communications Directorate said in a statement.

Separately, Felix Tshisekedi, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo also conveyed condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Oman Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele are other leaders who expressed condolences.

Erdogan had a telephone call Tuesday with Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi.

The tremors have caused widespread damage and killed at least 5,434 people in the south and southeast.

"We talked to 18 heads of state and government who called us. I would like to thank all our friends, all heads of state and government, who called us, sent messages and made statements in order to convey their support and help offer in this difficult day of our country," said Turkish President Erdogan.

He added that the support of the international community is "valuable" to Türkiye.

Erdogan later spoke to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, bringing the number of phone calls to 19.

Sisi conveyed condolences to Erdogan, according to a statement by Türkiye's Communications Directorate.

The prime ministers of Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Armenia have made phone calls to the Turkish president and conveyed their condolences and well wishes after the deadly earthquake.

Separately, Britain's King Charles III extended his and his wife Queen Consort Camilla's condolences over the deadly quakes to Erdogan in a message.

"Our thoughts and special prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this appalling natural disaster, whether through injury or the destruction of their property, and also with the emergency services and those assisting in the rescue efforts," read the message.

A 7.7-magnitude tremor struck the Pazarcik district of Kahramanmaras province early Monday. Nine hours later, a 7.6-magnitude quake, centered in Kahramanmaras’s Elbistan district, rocked the region, affecting several provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.

The earthquake was also felt in countries in the region, including Lebanon and Syria.

*Burak Bir in London contributed to this story

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