As the coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate headlines, Turkey is set to bring back nearly 25,000 expats from 59 countries so they can spend the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at home with their families.

Speaking on Twitter, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Turkey has always stood by its people regardless of their location amid the pandemic, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives across the globe.

Oktay said the Turkish nation and state are determined to face down the coronavirus crisis with the help of the country’s fellowship and solidarity.

Ramadan is due to start on

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