**Kazakhstan to Assist Turkey amid Growing COVID-19 Crisis**
Kazakhstan is sending aid to its neighbor and historical ally, Turkey, to help the country tackle a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Four rescue teams and doctors from Kazakhstan are currently en route to assist Turkey in its efforts to contain the virus. The aid was offered following a request from the Turkish government for help.
The rescue teams and doctors will provide medical assistance and support to Turkish medical personnel. In addition, the Kazakh government has provided pharmaceutical supplies, medical equipment and other assistance to the country.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi said that it “is an international duty to increase control over the coronavirus, prevent its spread and provide assistance to countries that need it.”
The Kazakh foreign minister added that the assistance demonstrates the friendship between Kazakhstan and Turkey, which dates back to at least the 19th century.
Both countries have significantly increased bilateral cooperation in recent years and share a friendship that goes beyond diplomatic formalities.
Turkey is dealing with increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections, with over 360,000 cases. Kazakhstan, on the other hand, has reported over 60,000 cases so far.
By sending assistance, Kazakhstan hopes to show solidarity with Turkey and also contribute to the effort to contain the pandemic.