A powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Aegean region without warning on Oct. 30, causing heavy casualties and floodings in Izmir, Turkey, as well as in neighboring Greece.
In response to the humanitarian crisis, President Tsai Ing-wen tweeted her support to the local authorities the following day. “My heart goes out to all those affected by the earthquake in Turkey & Greece. The people of Taiwan have you in their thoughts, while our government is ready to offer its support.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked the world by posting the flags of 15 countries, including Taiwan. However, the post was soon deleted, and three hours later a new one appeared with more flags included, but with no sign of the Taiwan flag.
Following the removal of Taiwan’s flag from Erdogan’s tweet, the opposition Kuomintang’s (KMT) also tweeted its support for the country and commended all rescue workers at the site.