Hague to discuss mine tragedy help

Thurrock Gazette: William Hague said he was deeply saddened to hear the news of the mining disaster in Turkey William Hague said he was deeply saddened to hear the news of the mining disaster in Turkey

Britain will discuss what help it can provide to Turkey in dealing with the mining disaster which has killed more than 270 workers.

Foreign Secretary William Hague will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart in London today, where he is attending international talks on Syria.

The death toll has swelled to 274, and 150 workers are still trapped underground in what is the country's worst such disaster.

Violent anti-government protests have broken out in the town of Soma where an explosion caused a pit to collapse.

Mr Hague said: ''I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey.

''My thoughts and sympathies are with all those who are missing, their families, and also the rescue workers working tirelessly to search for survivors of this tragedy.

''The UK stands ready to support Turkey should assistance be required, and I shall discuss this with Turkish foreign minister (Ahmet) Davutoglu at tomorrow's London meeting on Syria.''

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