The United States on Tuesday offered to help its ally Turkey, which was reeling from a mine disaster which killed 245 workers.
"On behalf of the American people, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and our best wishes for the safe exit of the remaining miners," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
"Turkey is a close and long-standing friend and ally of the United States. We are ready to assist the Turkish government if necessary. And we will continue to stand together in this time of tragedy."
An electrical fault in the mine in the western Turkish town of Soma in Manisa province set off a huge explosion. Authorities said Tuesday that 450 miners had been rescued.