Turkey to increase humanitarian aid - country Red Crescent head

Turkey will seek to become more active in the humanitarian field, the head of the Turkish Red Crescent announced during the annual general meeting of the International Federation of the Red Crescent and the Red Cross Societies in the southern Turkish city of Antalya.

''Turkey wants to become more active in humanitarian areas,” Dr. Kerem Kınık told state news agency Anadolu.

“We have one agenda for this meeting, namely, 'How can we ease human suffering around the world? How can we protect human dignity? How can we provide more help to those in need?’” he said.

The federation needed to “step up” its activities, Kınık said, announcing his candidacy for the European vice presidency of the organisation.

Last month, Turkey’s Red Crescent was accused of accusations of nepotism when it was revealed that the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s brother, daughter, nephew, and daughter-in-law were all board members or substitute board members at the Istanbul branch.