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Finland's Niinistö, Marin offer condolences to Turkey after quake

PM Sanna Marin emphasised the importance of helping Turkey.

Ihmisjoukko seuraa pelastustöitä romahtaneen asuinrakennuksen vieressä.
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria early on February 6, killing hundreds of people as they slept, levelling buildings and sending tremors that were felt as far away as the island of Cyprus, Egypt and Iraq. Image: AFP
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Finnish President Sauli Niinistö has expressed his condolences about the deadly earthquake that ripped through Turkey and Syria, the President's Office tweeted on Monday.

Niinistö sent a letter of condolence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by post, according to his office.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) shared her condolences on Twitter, emphasising the importance of emergency aid in the aftermath of the deadly quake.

As of Monday afternoon, Turkey confirmed that the quake claimed more than 900 lives, while authorities in neighbouring Syria said 550 people had died as a result of the magnitude 7.8 temblor, according to news service Reuters.

Turkey, Finland and Nato

Last week, news emerged that Turkey could be prepared to ratify Finland's Nato application before Turkish parliament goes into pre-election recess in mid-March, instead of after the parliamentary and presidential ballots in May, as previously expected.

The Finnish and Swedish premiers have meanwhile pledged that the nations will join Nato together.

Turkey has resisting approving the bids by both Finland and Sweden since they applied last year, but Turkish-Swedish relations deteriorated even further in recent weeks following the hanging of an Erdogan effigy in front of Stockholm City Hall as well as the burning of a Koran.

Yle News' podcast All Points North asked if Finland can complete Nato accession without Sweden.

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