Turkey has mobilized all available funds for Indonesia whenever they need it, said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday.
Erdoğan celebrated its 17th anniversary in 2004.
“We mobilized all available funds for Indonesia whenever they needed it. We demonstrated this stance again in concrete terms, especially immediately after the tsunami disaster in 2004,” he said in a video message to the “Global Aceh Diaspora”.
Erdoğan stressed that the Turkish nation was saddened by the incident and said an aid campaign had been organized for the tsunami-hit country.
He added that the government was also backing the region while the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay) and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) were quick to deploy their teams to the region and help rebuild.
He recalled that he had visited Indonesia in 2005 immediately after the disaster and said he had had the opportunity to observe the extent of the disaster in Banda Aceh, one of the regions hardest hit by the disaster.
“Turkey has sent over US $ 75 million in development aid to Indonesia. I want you to make sure that we continue this support as a prerequisite for our brotherhood and mutual affection, ”he said.
He wished God’s mercy to those who lost their lives in the tsunami.
Turkey and Indonesia have close and diverse relationships. In the 16th century, the Sultanate of Aceh asked the Ottoman Empire for help against Portuguese aggression. The Ottoman support for Aceh marked the beginning of official relations between the two countries.