Paris, October 23, 2011
Dear Prime Minister,
I was deeply shocked and extremely sad to learn of the tragic consequences of the earthquake which struck the Van region, in eastern Turkey, killing very many people and injuring many others.
At this extremely difficult time, I want to assure you and all Turkish people of France’s sympathy and solidarity.
My thoughts go to the bereaved, to whom I ask you kindly to convey my most heartfelt condolences.
France is at the Turkish authorities’ disposal to provide any assistance they might need in order to cope with the situation.