Ambassador Satterfield’s Statement on Turkish Medical Supply Donations to the United States

U.S. Embassy Ankara
Public Affairs Section
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

During times of crisis, like the worldwide effort to combat COVID-19, close coordination among like-minded allies and partners is key to developing a swift and effective response. None of us can do this alone. On behalf of the U.S. Government, I want to thank our NATO Ally Turkey for today’s generous donation of medical supplies and other essential equipment.

This donation, scheduled for delivery today via Turkish A-400M military aircraft to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., includes equipment such as N95 masks, gowns, and face shields to help us slow the spread of COVID-19 in our most hard-hit areas.

The donation will be received and managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which will ensure that the items reach those across the United States who need them most.

As this delivery indicates, the U.S.-Turkey relationship is strong and one of our most important alliances. We look forward to continuing cooperation with Turkey on this and many other mutual priorities.

Thank you, Government and People of Turkey, for your support and friendship to the American people.