World leaders send condolences to Türkiye over Istiklal Street blast


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From Pakistan to Ukraine, global officials take to Twitter to offer their condolences to Türkiye over an explosion in Beyoglu, the heart of Istanbul, that killed at least six people and wounded 81.

The international community has condemned the explosion on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street that left at least six people dead and 81 injured.
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The international community has condemned the explosion on Istanbul’s Istiklal Street that left at least six people dead and 81 injured.The blast occurred around 4:20 pm local time (1320 GMT) in Istanbul’s Beyoglu district on Sunday.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the “attack” and said initial signs pointed to a possible act of terrorism.READ MORE: Several dead, many injured in explosion on Istanbul’s Istiklal StreetPakistanPrime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he learned about the explosion with “deep anguish”.”(The) government and the people of Pakistan express deepest condolences to the brotherly people of Türkiye at the loss of precious lives and send prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Sharif posted on Twitter.The country’s foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former President Asif Ali Zardari, and ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned the blast and expressed solidarity with Türkiye.
I have learnt with deep anguish about the explosion at popular Istiklal avenue in the heart of Istanbul. Govt & people of Pakistan express deepest condolences to the brotherly people of Turkiye at the loss of precious lives & send prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 13, 2022

AzerbaijanPresident Ilham Aliyev said in a statement that Azerbaijan was “deeply shaken” by the news and expressed his condolences for the victims of the blast.”I offer my deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the victims, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured on my own behalf and on behalf of the Azerbaijani people, to the brotherly people of Türkiye.”
NATONATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sent his “thoughts and deepest condolences to all those affected & to the Turkish people.””NATO stands in solidarity with our Ally Türkiye,” he said.EUPresident of the European Charles Michel also published a message of condolence on his social media accounts over the “horrific news from Istanbul.”
Horrific news from #Istanbul tonight.Condolences to the victims of the explosion at #Istiqlal All our thoughts are with those currently responding and the people of Türkiye at this very distressing time.— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) November 13, 2022

United StatesWhite House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a press release on Sunday, condemning the attack and extending condolences to those who lost loved ones in the Istanbul blast.“We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our NATO ally Turkiye in countering terrorism,” Jean-Pierre said.
The U.S. strongly condemns the act of violence that took place today in Istanbul, Turkiye. Our thoughts are with those who were injured and our deepest condolences go to those who lost loved ones. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our NATO Ally Turkiye in countering terrorism.— Karine Jean-Pierre (@PressSec) November 13, 2022

UkrainePresident of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy also expressed his condolences in a message he shared in Turkish on Twitter. “I learned with deep sadness the news that many lives were lost and injured in the explosion that took place on Istiklal Street,” he stated.”I offer my condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The pain of the friendly Turkish people is our pain,” he added.
İstiklal Caddesi’nde meydana gelen patlamada çok sayıda can kaybı ve yaralı olduğu haberini derin üzüntüyle öğrendim. Hayatını kaybedenlerin yakınlarına taziyelerimi sunuyorum ve yaralananlara acil şifalar diliyorum. Dost Türk halkının acısı bizim acımızdır.— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) November 13, 2022

North MacedoniaMinister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani said he was “shocked and saddened by the news of the explosion”.
Shocked and saddened by the news of the explosion in #Istanbul, #Türkiye this afternoon which resulted in numerous casualties.My deepest condolences to victims’ families and their loved ones. Sincere wishes for a speedy recovery for the injured. @MevlutCavusoglu— Bujar Osmani (@Bujar_O) November 13, 2022

Bosnia and HerzegovinaMinister of Foreign Affairs Bisera Turkovic said Bosnia and Herzegovina is “deeply shaken by the tragic attack in Istanbul.””A vicious attack on civilians is an attack on all of us. We sympathise with the brotherly people and government of the Republic of Türkiye,” she said on Twitter. “We believe in your strength to overcome this difficult moment. Bosnia and Herzegovina is with you!”GermanyGerman Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said her “thoughts are with the people who just wanted to stroll on the shopping street Istiklal on a Sunday and became victims of a terrible explosion.”
Horrific images coming out of #Istanbul. My thoughts are with the people who just wanted to stroll on the shopping street Istiklal on a Sunday and became victims of a terrible explosion. https://t.co/hhMgWOywza— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) November 13, 2022

GreeceGreece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a statement on Twitter regarding the explosion in Istanbul, saying “we unequivocally condemn terrorism and we express our condolences”.MaldivesMinister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid said he was “saddened by the news of the explosion… taking innocent lives and inflicting injuries to many.””My heartfelt condolences to my dear brother and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. My prayers are with everyone affected and the people of Türkiye,” he said on Twitter.
Saddened by the news of the explosion in #Istanbul at #TaksimSquare, taking innocent lives and inflicting injuries to many.My heartfelt condolences to my dear brother and Foreign Minister @MevlutCavusoglu. My prayers are with everyone affected and the people of #Türkiye.— Abdulla Shahid (@abdulla_shahid) November 13, 2022

SwedenMinister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billstrom offered his “sincere condolences to the Turkish people and the citizens of Istanbul in view of the horrific explosion that has occurred in Istanbul this afternoon.”AlbaniaMinister of Foreign Affairs Olta Xhacka said “our hearts and minds go out to the families of those killed and injured” and that the country stands by “Türkiye and its people in this painful day.”
Tragic images coming out of #Istanbul. Our hearts & minds go out to the families of those killed & injured. We stand by #Türkiye & its people in this painful day. 🇦🇱🇹🇷 @MevlutCavusoglu— Olta Xhaçka🇦🇱 (@xhacka_olta) November 13, 2022

GeorgiaMinister of Foreign Affairs Ilia Darchiashvili sent his “deepest sympathy…to the families and friends of the victims of the horrific explosion. “I wish a speedy recovery to all the injured. To our friends in Türkiye,  stands with you and shares in your grief,” Darchiashvili wrote on Twitter.UzbekistanMinister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Norov “received the news about the explosion in Istanbul with deep sadness.””I express my sincere condolences to the families and relatives of deceased people. I wish the injured ones a speedy recovery,” he said on Twitter.
Dear @MevlutCavusoglu, I received the news about the explosion in Istanbul with deep sadness.I express my sincere condolences to the families and relatives of deceased people, I wish the injured ones a speedy recovery.Birodar turk xalqi sogʻ-omon boʻlsin.Başınız sağolsun.— Vladimir Norov (@VladimirNorov) November 13, 2022

EgyptAmbassador Ahmed Abu Zeid, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, condemned “the terrorist explosion” and expressed condolences to Türkiye.JordanDeputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said on Twitter that Jordan “strongly condemns the horrific terrorist attack in Istanbul & stand in full solidarity with our #Turkish brethren”.
We strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in #Istanbul & stand in full solidarity with our #Turkish brethren. Our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families. We wish the wounded a speedy recovery. Deepest condolences to the people & government of #Turkey. https://t.co/cu9RY1NsYp— Ayman Safadi (@AymanHsafadi) November 13, 2022

IndiaThe official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India, Arindam Bagchi, said on Twitter that “India conveys its deepest condolences to the Government and people of Türkiye on the tragic loss of lives in the blast that took place in Istanbul today.””Our sympathies are also with those who sustained injuries. We wish them a speedy recovery,” he added.Saudi ArabiaThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemned “in the strongest terms the terrorist bombing that targeted the Taksim area.”
#Statement | The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist bombing that targeted the Taksim area of central #Istanbul which resulted in the death and injury of a number of civilians. pic.twitter.com/VO39FOpZkt— Foreign Ministry 🇸🇦 (@KSAmofaEN) November 13, 2022

SerbiaSerbian President Aleksandar Vucic said the incident shook not only the residents of Istanbul, but the entire world.FranceFrench President Emmanuel Macron said the Turkish people were struck in their heart, Istanbul.”On this day so symbolic for our nation, while we think of the victims who fell on November 13, 2015, the Turkish people are struck by an attack in their heart, Istanbul. To the Turks: we share your pain. We stand with you in the fight against terrorism,” Macron tweeted in French.
En ce jour si symbolique pour notre Nation, alors que nous pensons aux victimes tombées le 13 novembre 2015, le peuple turc est frappé par un attentat en son cœur, Istanbul. Aux Turcs : nous partageons votre peine. Nous nous tenons à vos côtés dans la lutte contre le terrorisme.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 13, 2022

Turkish Super Lig match postponedTurkish football clubs Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor offered condolences, and wished speedy recovery to those injured in the explosion.The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said on Twitter that the match between Besiktas and Fraport TAV Antalyaspor was put off to a later date.The week 14 game was due to be held at 8 pm local time (1700 GMT) at Besiktas’ home ground Vodafone Park in Istanbul’s European side.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies


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