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Friday, December 8, 2023

World leaders offer condolences and aid after Morocco quake

Global leaders and diplomats worldwide offered condolences and aid following a devastating earthquake near Marrakesh, Morocco. The 6.8-magnitude quake, occurring late on Friday, claimed over 1,000 lives, leaving hundreds more injured, including many in critical condition, as reported by Moroccan authorities. Leaders and organizations extending their support included:

  • The Pope expressed “profound solidarity” with Morocco.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron offered aid.
  • Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed solidarity and support.
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz conveyed sympathy.
  • Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni expressed willingness to assist Morocco.
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and top EU diplomat Josep Borrell offered assistance.
  • European Council President Charles Michel expressed readiness to support Morocco.
  • Swiss President Alain Berset conveyed condolences and offered to evaluate sending aid.
  • Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky offered sympathies.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sorrow.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged support.
  • Algeria, despite diplomatic tensions, offered sincere condolences.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed preparations for aid.
  • Iran expressed condolences.
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani offered assistance.
  • Jordan’s King Abdullah II urged government support.
  • African Union Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed condolences.
  • The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Hissein Brahim Taha prayed for the victims.
  • World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stood ready to support health needs.
  • The International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) offered immediate assistance through the Moroccan Red Crescent.

These expressions of solidarity and assistance followed the tragic earthquake, uniting the global community in support of Morocco during this difficult time.

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