Turkish President condemns Paris attacks

President Erdogan offers condolences to France following attacks which killed more than one hundred people

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to reporters in Antalya ahead of Turkey's G20 summit this weekend.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has offered his condolences to France after over 140 people were killed in shootings and explosions at seven different locations across Paris late on Friday. 

President Erdogan condemned the attacks in Antalya before reporters as the head of the G20 summit in Turkey this weekend.

He said, "Turkey knows very well the meaning of terror and its results. 

"We share the pain of both President Hollande and the French people, and I extend my condolences to our French friends."  

Erdogan said he had already expressed concern to the international community over the need to tackle terrorism and called for a consensus on the fight against terror.

"The people of my country know all too well about terrorism and we think and feel the same for the attacks in Paris. 

"We will continue our resolute stance against terrorism," the Turkish president added.

Turkey shows solidarity with France over terror attacks

 Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed solidarity with France concerning the latest attacks.

"We are in solidarity with France against terror and I offer condolences to the relatives of the victims and the French people," said Davutoglu on his official Twitter account.

The prime minister said the killings targeted the whole of humanity and added, "As Turkey, we vehemently condemn this attack."

The Turkish prime minister's office also issued a statement condemning the "inhuman and despicable terror attacks" in the French capital.

"These attacks are not only aimed at the French people, but also democracy, freedom and universal values; terror has no religion, nation nor represents any value," said the statement.

"Terrorism is a crime against humanity," it added.

TRTWorld and agencies