Turkish President expresses condolences after train accident in Greece as social media users focus on resignations
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences following the deadly train accident in Greece on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported. The accident, in which at least 40 people have lost their lives and 130 were injured, reminded many users on social media of the 2018 train accident in Corlu, Turkey, where 25 people were killed, and 317 people were injured.
Εκφράζω τα συλλυπητήρια μου στους οικείους όσων έχασαν την ζωή τους στο θλιβερό και τραγικό σιδηροδρομικό δυστύχημα που συνέβη στην Ελλάδα, στον Ελληνικό λαό και στην Ελληνική κυβέρνηση και ευχόμαι καλή ανάρρωση στους τραυματίες.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) March 1, 2023
Most comments focused on the resignation of Greek Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis, contrasting the lack of resignations in Turkey following the accident, as well as the lack of resignations after the deadly earthquake that resulted in more than 45,000 deaths in February.
“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended his condolences to Greece on Wednesday over a fatal train crash that has claimed the lives of dozens.
‘Stating that he is deeply saddened by the train crash, President Erdogan extended his condolences for those who lost their lives and wished a speedy recovery to the injured,’ said a statement by Turkey's Communications Directorate following a message from the Turkish leader to Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Wishing a speedy recovery to the injured, Turkey's Communications Director Fahrettin Altun also conveyed his condolences via Twitter to the relatives of those who died, as well as to the Greek people and government, in the ‘sad and tragic’ accident.
Greece declared a three-day national mourning Wednesday, following the collision of two trains in a northern town, where at least 40 people have died in the worst train accident in the country.
Officials said at least 130 people have been injured and 66 hospitalized, while rescue teams are on the scene to find more trapped passengers under the debris.”