World leaders condemn blast in Turkey’s Ankara

World leaders express outrage and condemn car bomb in Turkey’s Ankara which claimed 37 lives

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, taken July 28, 2015.

World leaders expressed outrage and condemned a car bomb that exploded in Turkey, killing at least 37 people and injuring 125 at a busy transportation hub in Ankara’s Kizilay district on Sunday.

Europe condemns blast

French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack in a statement released by Elysee.

“The President addresses to the Turkish people a profound message of solidarity after the despicable attack which struck central Ankara tonight causing many casualties,” he said.

“France is by Turkey's side to continue with its fight against terrorism that hits everywhere and must be fought with the utmost powers,” the statement said. ​

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn condemned the bomb attack in a statement on the bloc’s external action website.

Meanwhile, UK’s Minister for Europe, David Lidington, said he is appalled by today's atrocity and revealed heartfelt sympathy for victims and their families.

UK’s Secretary of State Philip Hammond sent his thoughts and deep condolences to everyone affected by the attacks in Ankara & the ‪Ivory Coast.

The newly-elected president of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, tweeted his condolences regarding the attack.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the terrorist attack in Turkish capital.

“There can be no justification for such heinous acts of violence. All NATO Allies stand in solidarity with Turkey, resolute in our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms," Stoltenberg said.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said his thoughts are with all those affected.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said, "I share the sorrow of 'our friend' Turkish people. I would like you to know that the Georgian people are standing by you in these sad moments."

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati expressed support for Turkey and sent his thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk condemned the terrorist attacks on their Twitter accounts.


Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in a telegram, "Once again, I want to reiterate the importance of joining efforts and forces in determined fight against terrorism that continuously jeopardises and undermines values of modern civilization and society."

US reacts

The United States condemned the attack, saying in a White House National Security Council statement, “The United States stands together with Turkey, a NATO ally and valued partner, as we confront the scourge of terrorism."

Central Asia reaction

Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in a statement voiced his grief over the death of scores of people in the incident, offered condolences to the Turkish people and expressed “a wish for the speedy recovery of the wounded.”
"We severely condemn terrorism and we think the fight against terror must be conducted in the harshest way," Aliyev said.


Russian President Vladimir Putin also condemned the attack according to a Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov who told a Russian news agency.

"The Russian president mourns with the Turkish people who were exposed to a new terrorist attack in which a great number of people died", Peskov said.

South Asian leaders condemn blast

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack.

"The prime minister extends his heartfelt condolences to the people and government of Turkey and prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls as well as swift recovery of those who have been injured," Sharif said in a statement.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also condemned the Ankara attack. "Israel expresses solidarity with the Turkish people in the war against terrorism and calls on the international community to unite in the fight against terrorism".

TRTWorld and agencies