The President of the Republic Ilir Meta reacts after the strong earthquake that hit Turkey and Greece at noon today.

According to him, “I and all the Albanian people stand by the friendly Turkish and Greek peoples, with the wish to face this difficult situation and alleviate the pain of families who have lost their loved ones.

Ilir Meta: Deeply shaken by the earthquake that hit the Greek island of Samos this afternoon and severely affected the city of Izmir. The tremors were felt in 4 countries, mostly in Turkey and Greece, but also in Bulgaria and Albania.

This is a moment of human solidarity and reflection to stand by the families of the victims and the authorities of Turkey and Greece to cope with the damage caused by this natural disaster.

I and all the Albanian people stand by the friendly Turkish and Greek peoples, wishing to face this difficult situation and ease the pain of the families who have lost their loved ones.

Albania will be close to friendly countries with all its possible capacities.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Gramoz Ruçi, addressed a telegram to his counterparts in Greece and Turkey. He said he was shocked when he received the news of the earthquake.

Ruçi: In these difficult moments, the Albanian Parliament and the entire Albanian people are close to our peoples, neighbors and we express our pain and solidarity with the citizens and the families of the victims”.

The chairman of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha, also sent his condolences to the families of the victims, while expressing solidarity with the Turkish people.

Basha: I am following with great concern the shocking news from Turkey. My deepest condolences are to the families of the earthquake victims. I wish the wounded a speedy recovery, strength, courage and solidarity with the people and authorities of Turkey in facing this grave tragedy.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake with the epicenter in the Aegean Sea shook Turkey and Greece at noon today.

The biggest damage seems to be in the Turkish city of Izmir where some collapsed buildings are reported.