ANKARA

Turkish parliament speaker on Thursday called on his counterparts in 44 Asian countries to act in solidarity against the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is the humanitarian responsibility of all of us in this critical international situation to demonstrate our solidarity, empathy, and altruism in the best possible way and put aside the obstacles of any nature — bilateral or multilateral — which prevent us from unified and coherent resolve to get the humanity rid of this threat,” Mustafa Sentop said in a letter sent to counterparts.

The letter stated that the globe is “witnessing a surging death toll caused by

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