Washington: US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, had Condemned the terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport that killed 36 people and injured many others. They had call for stepped-up cooperation in fighting terrorism and has vowed “steadfast” support for Turkey.
The White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “Ataturk International Airport, like Brussels Airport which was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind us together.”
President Obama said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to those injured. We remain steadfast in our support for Turkey, our NATO Ally and partner, along with all of our friends and allies around the world, as we continue to confront the threat of terrorism.”
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has also expressed his deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey.
His spokesman said in a statement that. “The Secretary-General hopes that the perpetrators of this crime will be identified and brought to justice. He stands firmly by Turkey as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism.”
The State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner who is closely in touch with Turkish authorities throughout the investigation said. “We stand in solidarity with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating the threat of terrorism. Sadly, this murderous attack is only the latest in a series of attacks aimed at killing and maiming innocent civilians.”
Toner said in a statement that. “Such attacks will only reinforce our determination to work with the Government of Turkey to counter the scourge of terrorism and support all those across the region who are working to promote peace and reconciliation.”
Senator James Lankford who serves on the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees said. “Today, we have another horrific event senseless violence against innocent civilians. Freedom-loving people around the world must not waver in our commitment to defeat violent extremism.”
Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee tweeted. “We continue to monitor reports of the horrific terror attack in Turkey. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all affected.”
Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives tweeted. “Terrorism will not prevail. We stand with our ally Turkey in the face of this heinous attack.”
Susan Brooks a Congresswoman also tweeted. “I’m horrified by the attacks in Istanbul, and my heart is with the victims and their families. I stand with the people of Turkey against terrorism.”