President Yoon Suk-yeol visited the Embassy of Turkiye in Seoul on Feb. 9 to mourn the victims of the earthquake.
President Yoon met with Turkiye Ambassador to Korea Salih Murat Tamer at the Turkiye Embassy in Jung-gu, Seoul, and said, "We will do our best to help the people of Turkiye overcome frustration and sadness."
President Yoon then said, "I received a report from the dispatched Korean rescue team that the local situation is very terrible and difficult, but I will do my best to rescue them," adding, "After a certain period of time, we will send additional rescue teams."
On Feb. 7, President Yoon urged the government to promptly provide aid to Turkiye, which was hit by an earthquake the day before.
Senior Secretary to the President for Public Relations Kim Eun-hye on the day said in a briefing, "President Yoon ordered relevant government agencies like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urgently dispatch rescue personnel using Korean military transport planes and expedite emergency support of medical supplies."
"Turkiye is a brother country that immediately sent troops without hesitation after the 1950 communist invasion," the president said, expressing his condolences to those who lost their lives in the quake and their bereaved families.
President Yoon requested close cooperation with Turkish authorities through the ministry and Seoul's diplomatic mission in Ankara and ordered government branches led by the ministry to devise additional support methods.