Turkish-Armenian border opens for delivery of relief supplies
A bridge on the Turkish-Armenian border, closed for 30 years, was opened Saturday to carry 5 truckloads of relief supplies to earthquake survivors in Turkey.
“Humanitarian aid from Armenia crossed the Margara bridge on Armenia-Turkey border heading to earthquake-stricken region,” Deputy Foreign Minister Vahan Kostanyan tweeted, posting a video filmed from inside the humanitarian vehicle.
Humanitarian aid from #Armenia crossed the Margara bridge on #Armenia-#Turkey border heading to earthquake-stricken region. pic.twitter.com/7lwWrbE3fa— Vahan Kostanyan (@VahanKostanyan) February 11, 2023
The last time a vehicle crossed the Margara Bridge was 30 years ago. Since then, the Armenian-Turkish border has been closed.
The convoy with the relief goods consisted of 5 trucks, tweeted Garo Paylan, an Armenian deputy of the HDP ( Peoples' Democratic Party) in the Turkish National Assembly.
Five trucks full of humanitarian aid passed through the Alican Border Point, which has been closed for 30 years between Armenia ???????? and Turkey ????????.— Garo Paylan - Կարօ Փայլան (@GaroPaylan) February 11, 2023
Let's get some good out of this great disaster.
Solidarity saves lives! pic.twitter.com/fFBPXv2XRl
Serdar Kilic, Turkey’s Special Representative for the negotiations with Armenia, thanked Vahan Kostanyan and Ruben Rubinyan.
Thank you dear @VahanKostanyan thank you dear @RubenRubinyan for your kind efforts to make this happen. I will always remember the generous aid sent by the people of Armenia to help alleviate the sufferings of our people in the eartquake striken region in Türkiye. https://t.co/4Q6PHOhsVj pic.twitter.com/NNU7r0FLow— Serdar KILIÇ (@serdarkilic9) February 11, 2023
Armenia has also sent rescue teams to Turkey and Syria.