President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has extended condolences following the powerful earthquake in Turkey, which has resulted in the loss of many lives.
In a Twitter post on Monday, the Maldivian leader expressed grief in hearing of the earthquake that shook Turkey.
He extended sympathies and condolences to the families mourning the death of their loved ones.
The Maldivian president assured that the archipelago nation stands in solidarity with the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his people and government.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid also offered condolences following the tragic loss of lives and injuries to many and massive destruction caused by the fatal earthquake.
In his message of condolences extended to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, FM Shahid sent thoughts and prayers to the citizens of Turkey at this difficult time.
As such, he expressed deep sorrow in learning about the news of the horrific earthquake that struck Southeastern Anatolia of Türkiye, with aftershocks in numerous other cities.
FM Shahid conveyed heartfelt condolences to the families who lost their loved ones as well as everyone who has been affected by this tragedy, on behalf of the government and people of Maldives.
He added that the sincere prayers of the Maldivian people are with the people of Turkey and the island nation hopes the efforts of the rescue teams continue swiftly and successfully.
According to Reuters, the death toll from the tragic earthquake in Turkey and Syria has climbed past 4,400 by Tuesday.
The scale of the disaster hampers relief efforts as despair intensifies, with overwhelmed rescuers struggling to save individuals.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake stuck Turkey and neighboring Syria early on Monday, toppling thousands of buildings including several apartment blocks, demolishing hospitals, and leaving thousands of people injured or homeless.
The death toll in Turkey alone has reached 2,921, Reuters cited the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) of Turkey.
Further, it has been reported that war-torn Syria’s death toll has reached above 1,500 as well.