US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in Turkey to provide aid following a devastating earthquake.
Blinken arrived in the country on Saturday and is on a tour of the earthquake zone. He has pledged $100 million in aid, in addition to the $100 million already provided by the United States.
Speaking to reporters, Blinken said, “The United States is here. We are here to provide support and assistance to the people of Turkey.”
He also said that the US was committed to helping Turkey recover from the quake, which struck on February 18th and left at least 119 people dead and over 1,000 injured.
The US aid package includes food, medical supplies, and other essential items to help those affected by the disaster.
Blinken also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other leaders during his visit. He is expected to visit the earthquake zone and meet with local officials and survivors.
The US secretary of state’s visit is part of a broader effort to show support for Turkey following the earthquake. The US has also offered to provide technical assistance to help the country rebuild.
This story has been covered by Reuters, WKRC TV Cincinnati, Yahoo News, The Washington Post, and Bangkok Post.