Energy Minister Berat Albayrak and Labor Minister Süleyman Soylu visited a coal mine in Zonguldak late on Thursday, welcoming the new year 425 meters underground with miners.
The two ministers spent one-and-a-half hours underground before they met with journalists.
Albayrak said some problems faced by miners continued, adding that his impression of what a miner's live entailed changed after spending time in the mine.
The minister also added that the government was preparing a comprehensive program to help the miners.
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