Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
"Australia stands ready to assist"
28 July 2018
In a statement sent to the Greek Tribune, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was deeply saddened to learn of the fires in Greece in recent days that have led to a significant loss of life and devastation. My thoughts and those of the Australian people are with the people of Greece at this tragic time.
"Australia and Greece share a special relationship nurtured by strong family and community ties. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are of Greek descent. Many of them will have loved ones in Greece who may have been affected by the fires. A tragedy that affects Greece also affects Australia.
"In times like these, friends come together in support of one another. We know only too well the terrible impact these fires can have on communities and families. I have written to Prime Minister Tsipras sending our condolences and offering support. Australia stands ready to assist you and the people of Greece to respond to this disaster, including through sharing our firefighting expertise", Mr Turnbull concludeed.