“Stand By Morocco”: World Leaders Express Grief After Quake Kills Over 800

Earthquake struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountains late on Friday and killed more than 600 people.

Rabat: Following are reactions from foreign governments to the powerful earthquake that struck Morocco’s High Atlas mountains late on Friday, killing hundreds and destroying buildings in the deadliest tremor to hit the country in decades.

PM Narendra Modi

“We pray that all the injured people get well soon. The entire world community is with Morocco in this difficult time and we are ready to provide them all possible assistance.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin In A Message To Morocco’s King

“Please accept my sincere condolences on the tragic consequences of the devastating earthquake in the central regions of your country. Russia shares the worry and sorrow of the friendly people of Morocco. Please convey words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who have suffered as a result of this natural disaster.”

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan

“We stand by our Moroccan brothers with all our means in this difficult day,” he said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

In a separate statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Ankara was ready to provide all kinds of support “to heal the wounds of the earthquake in Morocco”.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock

“Awful images are reaching us from Morocco. Together with the people of Morocco, we mourn the victims of the terrible earthquake. Our thoughts are with them and all those who are searching for those buried in these hours and fighting for the lives of the many injured.”

France President Emmanuel Macron

“We are all shocked after the terrible earthquake in Morocco. France stands ready to help first aid responses.”

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna

“Solidarity with Morocco and our friends, the Moroccan people after the night’s terrible quake. Compassionate thoughts for the victims and their families and admiration for the work of rescue crews who relentlessly help the injured.”

Spain’s acting PM Pedro Sanchez

“All my solidarity with the people of Morocco in the face of the terrible earthquake … Spain stands with the victims of this tragedy and their families.”


Taiwan’s fire department says it has put a team of 120 rescuers on standby to go to Morocco who can go the moment they get instructions from Taiwan’s foreign ministry.


In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its sincere condolences to the government and people of Morocco, and to the families of the victims of this tragedy, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured.

Algerian Foreign Ministry

“Algeria expresses its sincere condolences to the Moroccan people’s brothers in the earthquake victims,” the ministry was quoted as saying on the state TV’s Facebook page. “

“Algeria follows with great grief the consequences of the violent earthquake that hit several regions in the Kingdom of Morocco.”

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson

“Devastating earthquake in Morocco last night. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shis Al-Sudani

His office said in a statement the prime minister offered his condolences to the Moroccan government and people and said Iraq was ready to provide all forms of assistance.

Italian Prime Minister Girogia Meloni

“PM @GiorgiaMeloni has learned with sorrow the tragic toll of the devastating earthquake that struck Morocco and expressed closeness and solidarity with Prime Minister Akhannouch and the Moroccan people, expressing Italy’s full readiness in this emergency,” Girogia Meloni’s office said.



The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Ankara was ready to provide all kinds of support “to heal the wounds of the earthquake in Morocco”.


“France … is ready to provide immediately its help for the rescue and assistance to the populations affected by this tragedy,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“authorized coordination with the Moroccan authorities to direct urgent aid and send civil protection teams to support the Kingdom’s search and rescue efforts. He also authorized the facilitation of a delegation from the Tunisian Red Crescent to contribute to relief operations and surround the injured.”


Prime Minister Marcel Ciolacu said “the Romanian authorities are in close contact with the Moroccan authorities and ready to offer assistance”.


Taiwan’s fire department said it had put a team of 120 rescuers on standby to go to Morocco who can go the moment they get instructions from Taiwan’s foreign ministry.



The French Foreign Ministry said its embassy in Morocco and the ministry in Paris have opened crisis centres “to respond to demands for information or help from our compatriots.”


The German embassy in Rabat has set up an emergency number for Germans affected by the earthquake and is in close contact with local authorities, a German foreign ministry spokesperson said, without providing further details.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was identifying the locations of its citizens now present in Morocco, “communicating with them and checking on them.”


“The Russian Embassy in Rabat and the Consulate General in Casablanca are in constant contact with the Moroccan authorities. According to our diplomats, there are no Russian citizens among the victims of the earthquake,” Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

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