1. The Korean government convened the 2nd meeting of the public-private joint council for overseas emergency relief at 16:00, Wednesday, February 15, chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin.
° The meeting, which came after the 1st one on February 7 and on the 9th day of the earthquake in Türkiye, was held pursuant to the “Overseas Emergency Relief Act” to review the progress in the Korean government’s support efforts for the country and to deliberate on and determine assistance measures.
2. In the meeting, the council decided to dispatch a second Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) and extend to Türkiye an additional batch of relief supplies to support its post-earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts.
° In the meeting, the participants discussed the need to provide assistance meeting the Türkiye government’s most urgent needs such as tents, blankets and other relief supplies, as the focus of assistance activities shifts from rescue operations for survivors to relief and reconstruction efforts for the displaced.
° The second KDRT will be composed of 21 people from both public and private sectors -- two officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ten medical workers (from the National Medical Center, the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare and the Ministry of National Defense), five officials from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and four people from civilian emergency relief organizations. Together with the KDRT, tents, blankets and other relief supplies from both public and private sectors will be sent to Türkiye via two military transport aircraft and a civil aircraft.
※ Second batch of relief items for Türkiye
- 1,030 tents (including mats): 780 from the private sector, 250 from the government
- 3,260 blankets: 1,000 from the private sector, 2,260 from the government
- 2,200 sleeping bags from the private sector
※ The second KDRT will depart for Türkiye around 23:00, February 16.
3. The first KDRT wil arrive in Seoul on February 18 after terminating its mission.
4. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue closely cooperating with other relevant government agencies and the private sector to meet Türkiye’s assistance needs in a timely manner.