The Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, expressed her condolences to Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch and to the Moroccan people after the earthquake that hit the country causing over 630 victims. Messages of solidarity and closeness also arrived from other members of the Italian institutions and from leaders around the world, including the European Union which said it was ready to provide Morocco with “all the necessary assistance”, said a spokesperson for the European Commission.
Meloni: “Italy’s full willingness to support Morocco”
“The Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, today in New Delhi for the G20 Summit, learned with pain the tragic toll of the devastating earthquake that hit Morocco”, she wrote in a note from Palazzo Chigi adding that the Prime Minister expressed ” closeness and solidarity with Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, the families of the victims and the Moroccan people, demonstrating Italy’s full availability to support Morocco in this emergency”.
Crosetto: “Ready to help in any form and way”
Defense Minister Guido Crosetto wrote on every form and way with its means readily available”.
On the sidelines of the G7 of the presidents of the Lower Houses in Tokyo, the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Lorenzo Fontana, also expressed “deep condolences for the earthquake that hit Morocco. My thoughts go to the families of the victims, to whom I would like to address heartfelt condolences, to the injured, to the institutions and to the Moroccan people”.
“I am close to Morocco due to the tragic earthquake that has sown death and destruction. Italy is ready to help the Moroccan authorities in these difficult moments, also for the rescue phases. A prayer for the victims and their families”, he Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani wrote on situation”.
Narendra Modi: “India is ready to offer all possible assistance”
Before welcoming the leaders to the G20 in New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his closeness to the North African country hit by the earthquake in a tweet, saying he was “extremely saddened by the loss of human lives due to the earthquake in Morocco. At this time tragic, my thoughts go to the people of Morocco. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones,” he said. “May those who were injured recover as soon as possible. India is ready to offer all possible assistance to Morocco in this difficult moment.”
Solidarity with Morocco also from Spain: “The Spanish government expresses its condolences for the terrible earthquake recorded last night in Morocco. Spain expresses its solidarity with Morocco and all those affected”, reads a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iberian.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he has mobilized all government agencies to be ready to provide the necessary assistance to Morocco. The prime minister’s office then announced that arrangements had been made for the departure of an assistance and help delegation.
Zelensky: “Ukraine stands in solidarity with Morocco in this tragic moment”
On Morocco in this tragic moment”.
In a condolence message published on “May God have mercy on those who lost their lives,” Erdogan wrote. The Turkish Foreign Ministry assured in a statement that Turkey, already the victim of a devastating earthquake last February, “is ready, as always, to provide any form of support to heal Morocco’s wounds”.
US President Joe Biden said he was “deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Morocco”. In a note released by the White House while the president was at the G20 in New Delhi, we read that “the administration is in contact with Moroccan officials: we are working quickly to ensure that American citizens in Morocco are safe and we are ready to provide all necessary assistance to the Moroccan people.”
Guterres: “Solidarity with the government and people of Morocco”
The United Nations is also ready to help the Moroccan government. “The secretary general is deeply saddened by the earthquake that hit Morocco today and caused many victims,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Antonio Guterres. “The secretary general expresses solidarity with the government and people of Morocco in these difficult moments. He extends his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured”.
“We are all devastated by the terrible earthquake in Morocco. France is ready to help in the relief effort”, wrote French President Emmanuel Macron during the flight to New Delhi for the G20 summit.
The UK will also help Morocco “in any way we can”, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said. “We are ready to help our Moroccan friends in any way we can,” the minister wrote on X.
Von der Leyen: “I am wholeheartedly with the Moroccan people”
“I wholeheartedly stand with the Moroccan people in the face of the terrible earthquake that caused hundreds of victims this night – wrote the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in X. My thoughts go to the families of the victims, to the injured to whom I wish a speedy recovery, and to the first aid workers who are doing an admirable job.”
Among the numerous messages of condolence that are reaching Rabat from all over the world there is also that of the number one of the International Monetary Fund, Krisitalina Georgieva, who on X says she is “deeply saddened” by the news of the “devastating earthquake”, stating to be “with our hearts close to the victims and their families, struggling with this tragedy, and to all those who are on the front line in the rescue efforts”. Morocco was preparing to welcome, from 9 to 15 October, over 10 thousand participants in the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, scheduled in Marrakech. An event hailed as “crucial importance” by the institution’s leaders precisely because it was organized in Africa.