Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian team sent to provide humanitarian aid to Turkish and Syrian earthquake victims performed its mission well, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Muhadjir Effendy, has said.

"The team has concluded their mission in Turkey and Syria very well, and currently, (they) have arrived safely in (their) homeland," he remarked on Friday

The minister made the remarks at Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase, Jakarta, at an event held to welcome the returning team.

"May their contributions be beneficial and ease the burden on the people who have been impacted by the disaster in Turkey and Syria, so they can get through their suffering and rise into a stronger, greater nation," he said.

The minister also conveyed the government's appreciation for everyone who has put efforts to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.

"Thank you, for all stakeholders who have supported this initiative, in particular, the great contribution of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency and team, National Search and Rescue Agency, Defense Ministry, national defense force, national police, Finance Ministry, and all organizations who have made an invaluable contribution," he elaborated.

Minister Effendy expressed gratitude for everyone who did their best in the humanitarian mission.

"On behalf of the government, I declare that the current mission has concluded on a good note, and there will be next measures as the continuation," he added.

The search and rescue operation as well as the humanitarian mission in Turkey and Syria was the largest such effort that Indonesia has ever made overseas. To date, Indonesia has dispatched four planes to the two countries to deliver logistics assistance.

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Translator: Wuryanti Puspitasari, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Tia Mutiasari
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