World leaders condemn deadly terror attack in Turkey

Countries condemn deadly terror attack in Turkey’s capital Ankara that left 95 dead

Photo by: AA
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Women seen consoling each other after the deadly terror attack in front of main train station in Turkey's capital Ankara on October 10, 2015

The deadliest terror attack in Turkey’s capital on Saturday was condemed by many countries, releasing messages of condolances and standing against terror with Turkey.

The condemnation, condolence and support messages were relayed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu by the world leaders.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced three days of national mourning in the country after the terror attack that claimed the lives of 95 people.

According to information gained from official sources, US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedov, Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Sani have all expressed condolence messages to President Erdogan.

Wishes of condolence were also extended to the PM Davutoglu by his counterparts Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, British PM David Cameron, German PM Angela Merkel, Speaker of the Federal Parliament of Somalia Osman Jawari and PM Omar Sharmarke, Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevicius, Tunisian PM Habib Essid, Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) PM Omer Kalyoncu and Kosovo PM Isa Mustafa.

In the condolence message, Putin wished a quick recovery for injured victims of the terror attack and said that Russia is ready to cooperate with Turkey in its fight against terror.

Speaking to a Russian television channel, Putin also commented, “this action is aimed at destabilising our friend and neighbour Turkey. Also, it took place ahead of an election and is a clear provocation.”

On the evening the terror attack occured, US President Obama called President Erdogan and said that “US strongly condemns the terror attack in Ankara and the US will continue to stand by Turkey in fight against terror.”

Also, State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement that the “The United States strongly condemns today’s heinous terrorist attack in Ankara, Turkey, perpetrated against peaceful demonstrators. We extend our condolences to the Turkish people and especially to the families of the victims.”

“In light of the ongoing violence in Turkey and the region, it is particularly important at this time that all Turkish citizens recommit to peace and stand together against terror. We stand together in solidarity with the Turkish people and reaffirm our determination to continue to work with Turkey to combat the shared threat of terrorism,” the statement read.

Releasing a joint statement condemning the attack, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of European Commission, and Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, offered condolences to the families that lost their loved ones.

“Turkish people and all political forces must stand united against terrorists and against all those who try to destabilise a country that is facing many threats. We stand by all people in Turkey who work together to counter violence and terrorism. Our partnership and engagement with the Turkish authorities and Turkish society is stronger than ever, at all levels,” the statement said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham also condemned  the bomb explostions on Saturday in Turkey's capital Ankara claiming lives of scores of innocent people.

“The news was source of regret for all,” she said, condemning the terrorist move.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that "there can be no justification for such a horrendous attack on people marching for peace... All NATO allies stand united in the fight against the scourge of terrorism."

In his call to PM Davutoglu, UK Prime Minister David Cameron offered condolences and agreed to continue close contact in a joint battle against terrorism.

UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond also send out a twitter message regarding the terror attack.


Greek PM Alexis Tsipras call PM Davutoglu and passed on his condolence wishes and expressed Greece is in solidarity with Turkish government and the people.

Sending a message of condolence to PM Davutoglu, German PM Merkel extended sympathy and expressed “these are cowardly actions are directly towards human rights, democracy and peace.”

Over a phone call to President Erdogan, Saudi King Salman offered condolences to Erdogan and the Turkish people.

Wishing a speedy recovery for the injured victims, King Salman underlined the attack and strongly condemned italong with stating that Saudi Arabia stands by Turkey in its sorrowful day.

In the statement published in the Qatari news agency, the Qatari Foreign Ministry said that such criminal acts, which aim at shaking the security and stability of Turkey and stressed “the need for solidarity to denounce violence and reject terrorism in all its forms and manifestations regardless of its motives and causes.”

The Ministry also expressed support to Turkey in fighting terror and taking all measures to maintain its security.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah met with his Turkish counterpart Feridun Sinirlioglu on Saturday evening.

Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq (KRG) released a statement “strongly” condemning the terror attack and expressed wishes that “the attack does not obstruct elections and democracy in Turkey.”

Noting that the Middle East and Turkey is passing through highly tense times, KRG leader Masoud Barzani said that the “terror attack was carried in such timing and the purpose of this attack is to create a chaos atmosphere in Turkey. The terror attack aims to deepen disintegration among different ethnic groups in Turkey, sabotage social peace and set people against each other.”

In a condolence telegram send to President Erdogan, Iraqi President Fuad Masum also “strongly” condemned the terror attack, noting that Iraq shares the sorrow of  the lost lives of many innocent Turkish citizens.

In his message, Masum also expressed that regional and international cooperation must be enhanced against terror organization that threaten the region and the world.  

Sending a condolence message to President Erdogan, Azerbaijan President Aliyev said that he was deeply shocked by the killing of people in the terror attack and was angered by it.

“We find fighting all kinds of terror acts indispensable. We share your sorrow and offer condolences to the families of those that lost their lives and to our brothers, Turkish people on my behalf of myself and the name of Azerbaijani people,” Aliyev said.

TRTWorld and agencies