Armenian and Turkish FMs exchange messages of kindness after mine disaster
The funeral processions for the workers who were killed by the mine explosion in Turkey's northwestern province of Bartin have begun to be held on Sunday.
The Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Sonmez told reporters that while the rescue operations were over, teams continued to work to block the fire in the mine that was caused by the explosion.
Sonmez added that the coal production in the mine would resume only after a secure working environment has been restored and a damage assessment has been made.
While leaders of many countries expressed condolences after the mine disaster, kind messages were exchanged between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Turkey, who do not have diplomatic relations.
Posting a message on Twitter to condole with the families of the mine victims, Armenian Foreign Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said:
"Sincere condolences to all who lost loved ones during the coal mine accident in Bartin. Speedy recovery to the injured."
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in response:
"Thank you Minister for your sincere message of condolences."
Thank you Minister for your sincere message of condolences. https://t.co/feUNHbRoW1— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) October 15, 2022