World leaders strongly condemn terror attack in Istanbul

World leaders strongly condemn terror attack on Istanbul's Beyoglu District that killed 5, including the bomber, and injured dozens of others

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People stands at the scene of a suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Beyoglu District, Turkey, March 20, 2016.

World leaders expressed their outrage at yet another terror attack in Turkey, this time on Istanbul’s Beyoglu District, which has left at least five people dead, including the bomber.

According to a statement by Turkish Health Ministry, 19 of the injured from the terrorist attack are still under medical care in hospitals with seven of them in critical condition.

NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, said in a statement that he condemned the terror attack in Istanbul.

"I strongly condemn this morning's terrorist attack on a pedestrian avenue in central Istanbul, [which is] yet another terrorist outrage targeting innocent civilians and our ally Turkey,” Stoltenberg said.

"My deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims, and to the people of Turkey. My thoughts are also with all those who have been injured," he added.

"There can be no justification for terrorism. NATO allies stand with Turkey, united in our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms."

The US Consulate in Istanbul expressed its condolences to the Turkish people.

The US State Department said America would remain in close touch with Turkish authorities during the investigation.

"The United States stands in solidarity with our NATO ally Turkey in combating the common threat of terrorism," spokesman John Kirby said in a written statement.

"This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey - Turkish citizens and international visitors alike."

EU Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said on his Twitter account that he is extremely concerned about the suicide bombing in Istanbul, another horrible act of terrorism in a series of violent attacks in Turkey.

European Parliament President, Martin Schulz, also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a quick recovery.

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, also condemned the terrorist attack. “Our common fight against terrorism will continue," he said.

British Consul-General in Istanbul, Leigh Turner, shared his sadness on his personal Twitter account.

French former Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, strongly condemned the attack in a statement, describing as “heinous” and “cowardly act,” which caused the death of several people.

"I express my condolences to the families of the victims and solidarity of France with Turkey and the Turkish people in the fight against terrorism," he said.

In a statement, the Greek Foreign Ministry also expressed its solidarity with the Turkish people and the deep condolences of the Greek people and the Greek government to the victims’ families.

Albanian Foreign Ministry, stated that it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the friendly Turkish government and people in its fight against terrorism. 

Kosovo President-elect, Hashim Thaci, also condemned the terror attack in Istanbul. “I’m shocked by yet another attack against Turkey in Istanbul. We express deepest sympathy and resolve to be by the side of the Turkish people,” said in his personal Twitter account.

Pakistan also strongly condemned the attack.

"We are deeply anguished and saddened to learn about the suicide bomb blast in which several innocent lives have been lost," Pakistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"As always, Pakistan stands in strong solidarity with the brotherly people of Turkey and is sure in its belief that they will succeed in their resolute fight against terrorism and defeat this scourge decisively," it added.

Carnations and a sign are placed at the scene of a suicide bombing at Istiklal street, a major shopping and tourist district, in central Istanbul, Turkey March 20, 2016 / Photo by Reuters

A number of Arab states also condemned Saturday’s attack.

"Qatar condemns these criminal acts, which are incompatible with the principles of Islam, human values and international law," the Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Qatar, it added, "reaffirms its solidarity with the brotherly Republic of Turkey and supports any action it might take to preserve its security and stability".

Jordanian government spokesman, Mohammed al Momani, also condemned Saturday’s suicide bombing in Istanbul, which he described as "a cowardly terrorist attack on civilians".

According to Jordan’s official news agency, al Momani, who also serves as Jordan’s Information Minister, went on to stress his government’s "solidarity with the Turkish government in its fights terrorism."

Kuwait’s official news agency, meanwhile, reported that Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah had sent a note of condolence to Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which he conveyed his country’s condemnation of "this heinous terrorist act."

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization also condemned the attack. "We harshly condemn this heinous attack against innocent civilians," it said.

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