We will promptly follow up on all aspects we found during our humanitarian diplomacy
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's humanitarian diplomacy for Turkey and Syria will continue and would be a reference for subsequent national humanitarian missions, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy affirmed.

"We will promptly follow up on all aspects we found during our humanitarian diplomacy. All teams have met some officials in Turkey that will serve as a reference for our next agenda," Effendy noted, as per the statement here, Friday (February 24).

Indonesia will also continue to provide optimal support for brothers and sisters in Turkey to recover from the effects of the February 6 earthquake to reciprocate Turkish generosity in helping Indonesia recover from past disasters, he noted.

"Hence, Indonesia is helping Turkey as it should. It is (to reciprocate) for what the Turkish authority has done to help us promptly when Indonesia was affected by difficulties," the coordinating minister stated.

Effendy explained that the next humanitarian mission for the two countries would include assistance in post-earthquake rehabilitation and reconstruction works as well as medical assistance, including vaccines and tetanus serum, for locals.

He remarked that Indonesia's humanitarian assistance team to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria had returned back safely to Indonesia on Friday.

"Praise be to God, the team that conducted the humanitarian mission to Turkey and Syria has returned safely to Indonesia after performing their assignments excellently. Likewise, our humanitarian diplomacy to Turkey and Syria has also performed well," Effendy emphasized.

According to the coordinating ministry's information, the Indonesian Search and Rescue (INASAR) Team from the National SAR Agency (Basarnas), comprised 50 personnel, who assisted the rescue mission in Antakya, Hatay Province, joined Indonesia's humanitarian assistance team to return to Indonesia.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Head Suharyanto stated that the delivery of 80-ton humanitarian assistance for Turkey and 78 tons for Syria proceeded well.

The agency head noted that the 50 INASAR personnel returned to Indonesia after the Turkish authority decided to stop the search and rescue mission for the earthquake victims. He affirmed that health personnel from Indonesia currently remain in Turkey.

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