Condemning the deadly terror attack in Istanbul Atatürk airport, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his nation still have power, determination and capacity to fight against terrorism. Offering his condolence to the victims’ families, the Turkish President stated that the attack once again revealed the dark face of terrorist organizations targeting innocent civilians.
“I would like to remind that today’s attack targeted not only 79 million Turkish citizens but also 7.5 billion human beings around the world. Due to the treacherous nature of terrorism, the bombs that exploded in Istanbul today could have gone off at any airport in any city around the world,” he said.
Reminding that there is no difference for terror organizations between Istanbul and London, Ankara and Berlin, Izmir and Chicago or Antalya and Rome, Erdogan stated that unless all government and the entire mankind join forces in the fight against terrorism, much worse things than what we fear to imagine today, will come true.
After condolence meet, Erdogan also held a special meeting at the Presidential Complex with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar.
He also strongly condemned all kinds of terrorism prevailing across the globe. He said it is obvious that the new attack does not aim to attain any results. “But merely aims to produce propaganda material against our country by shedding the blood and causing pain for innocent civilians,” he said.
“The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. Nor do terrorists distinguish between their victims,” the president added.
Urging all world countries to take firm stands against terrorism, Erdogan specially sought the help from western countries to put an end to the menace of terror attacks.
“I hope the Ataturk airport attack will serve as a turning point in the world, particularly for the Western countries, for a joint struggle against terror organizations. I once again wish Allah’s grace upon the victims who lost their lives in this attack and a quick recovery to those injured. I offer my condolences to our nation,” he said in his statement.