(MENAFN) In a historic first, Japan has deployed aid to Turkey as part of a NATO-coordinated air-bridge, according to a statement from NATO's spokeswoman Oana Lungescu on Saturday. This move demonstrates how Japan's cooperation with NATO can bolster international peace and security.
The first shipment of aid arrived in Turkey on Friday, with more planes carrying aid due to arrive in the country. This aid is being provided following the devastating earthquakes that struck 11 provinces in southern Turkey in February, claiming the lives of nearly 50,000 people. The earthquakes were the deadliest natural disaster on Alliance territory since NATO's foundation.
This marks the first international emergency relief operation conducted by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in cooperation with NATO. The statement from NATO confirmed that more Japanese flights are planned in the coming days to provide assistance to Turkey.
NATO's spokeswoman praised Japan's decision to participate in the aid effort, stating that it demonstrates the country's commitment to working with NATO to help maintain international peace and security. The aid provided by Japan is part of a wider effort by NATO allies and partners to assist Turkey in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
The cooperation between Japan and NATO in this operation underscores the importance of international partnerships and collaboration in times of crisis. As Turkey continues to recover and rebuild following the earthquakes, the aid provided by Japan and other allies and partners will play a crucial role in supporting the country and its people.
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