World Supports Turkey for the Blue Mosque Blast
After the terrorist attack in the Blue Mosque, many countries sent solidarity messages to Turkey after the European Union and NATO. Countries expressing condolences condemned the attack.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, issued a press release and stated that Turkey has once again been targeted by a terrorist attack and EU and Turkey stand united against all forms of terrorism.
The fight against terrorism was recognised as a priority at the EU-Turkey Summit on 29 November 2015, said Mogherini and Hahng and added: “The EU extends sincere condolences to the families of the victims killed in the bomb attack today and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured. We must step up our efforts in this regard in full respect of our obligations under international law, including human rights and humanitarian law.”
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, described it as “a brutal terrorist attack and said, “I condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Istanbul today. My thoughts are with the victims.”
Hansjörg Haber, EU Ambassador of Turkey, sent a twitter message and stated, “I am shocked by reports about an explosion in Sultanahmet Square. While awaiting official information about the cause of this tragedy, our thoughts are with families, friends & all Citizens of Turkey.”
NATO –Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, stated, “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Sultanahmet Square. All NATO Allies stand united in the fight against terrorism. My thoughts are with those injured, with the Turkish people, and with all the other nations affected. There can be no justification for such attacks. All NATO Allies stand united in the fight against all forms of terrorism.”
Ambassador John R. Bass shared on his Twitter account, “Our thoughts with those who were affected by this terrorist attack.”