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Indonesia receives award for post-earthquake humanitarian mission in Turkey

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Jakarta, IO – The Indonesian government received medals and awards from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the country’s contribution in saving earthquake survivors. The “Order of Superior Sacrifice Medal” award was given directly at an event attended by 90 representatives of stakeholders in Turkey (25/4).

The Government of Indonesia sent SAR teams and humanitarian missions to Turkey in four batches after Turkey was hit by a massive earthquake. These included the establishment of a field hospital in Hassa as well as logistical assistance such as tents, food, vaccines and tetanus serum.

“Turkey was present at Indonesia’s difficult times such as the 2006 tsunami, the earthquake in Palu and the Covid-19 pandemic by providing medical assistance and ventilators. Indonesia is proud to be present when Turkey was hit by an earthquake in February,” said the Indonesian Ambassador for Turkey Lalu Muhamad Iqbal, reported Kemlu.go.id.

The award ceremony was also attended by other countries that have assisted Turkey with humanitarian missions in Kahramanmaras and Hatay, two of the worst-hit regions on February 6. For Indonesia, the humanitarian mission it carried out in Turkiye is the largest ever in the nation’s history.

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Representing the Government of Indonesia were National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Special Staff/Head of Operations for the Indonesian Humanitarian Mission in Turkey Brig. Gen. Lukmansyah and Minister Counselor at the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara Yudhi Ardian, who acted on behalf of the Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey. (bp)

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