Erdogan condoles Rivlin, Rouhani for victims of Istanbul attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences to his Israeli and Iranian counterparts for victims of Istanbul suicide bombing on Saturday

Collage shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, offered his condolences to Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, on Sunday for those who died in a suicide bombing that took place in Beyoglu District in Turkey’s Istanbul on March 19.

"I have learned with deep sorrow that three Israeli citizens have been killed and 10 injured in yesterday's attack. The attack showed once again that the international community has to unite in the fight against terrorism which is targeting the humanity as a whole," Erdogan said in a letter addressed to Rivlin.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the Israeli nation and the families of Israeli citizens who lost their lives in this treacherous terror attack while they were in Istanbul to visit our country and know our culture closely. I also wish the injured a speedy recovery,” he continued.

The President’s remarks came a few hours after the bodies of the three victims, who were identified by Israeli Foreign Ministry as Simha Dimri, Yonatan Suher and Avraham Goldman, were sent to Israel on a plane.

Israeli flag-draped coffins carrying the body of an Israeli who was killed in Saturday's suicide bombing in Istanbul is seen upon return to Israel, at Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel March 20, 2016.

Erdogan also condoled Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, saying that he is deeply saddened over the death of the Iranian citizen, Ali Riza Khalman, and the three other citizens who were injured in the attack. 

“I wish God’s mercy on your deceased citizen who lost his life during this abominable attack and offer my sincerest condolences on behalf of my nation and myself to the friendly Iranian nation, and primarily to his family and relatives; I wish the injured a speedy recovery,” the president said.

Five people, including an Iranian and three Israelis were killed and 39 others were wounded in Istanbul on Saturday following a suicide bombing carried out by Mehmet Ozturk, a Turkish national who had ties with DAESH terrorist group. 

TRTWorld and agencies