Ghani and Abdullah Condemn Istanbul Attack

Istanbul Attack 28 June 2016

President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday condemned the Istanbul attack which left 36 people dead.

The two leaders said that terrorism is a threat to the world.

“President Ghani was deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks at Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey that killed and injured a number of innocent people last night,” a statement sent by President’s office said.

The statement added the president condemns that the attacks and that the people of Afghanistan feel the pain and suffering of the Turkish people more than others because Afghans have been the victim of terrorism for years.
Ghani also said that terrorism is a great threat for the security of the region and the world.

He reiterated that a joint action by all countries is needed against this phenomenon.

He offered his deep condolences and sympathies to the people, government and families of the victims and whished swift recovery for the wounded, the statement added.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah in a statement said: “I strongly condemn last night’s terrorist attacks at Atatürk International Airport of Istanbul, Turkey. I pray for an end to such atrocities in that Turkey, Afghanistan and in the world,.”

“On behalf of the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, I condole with friends and families of the victims and government and people of the Republic of Turkey.”

Abdullah said that the attack in Atatürk International Airport was a terrorist attack thus, we need to encourage resolute support and effective combat on regional and global scales to tackle this challenge.

“Terrorism, extremism and radicalism are the three main components that challenge our world today. World must come together to fight together against these ideologies and phenomenon,” he said in the statement.

He added: “For good beings of humanity and living in peace, world must uproot terrorism. These roots must be taken out wherever they exist.”

He said the plans for growth, finance and invest on terrorism must be degraded and replaced by ideologies of invest on peace, solidarity and tolerance. Terror and extremism are no longer the problems of Afghanistan and few other countries only but, of the world and the world needs larger scale, well-coordinated and well thought efforts to fight it.

He said he believes that Afghans as victims of violence, extremism and terror financed and imported from outside Afghanistan, feel and share the pain of the people of Turkey.

The attackers began spraying bullets at the international terminal entrance before blowing themselves up at around 10:00 pm local time Tuesday, Turkish authorities said.

It is the deadliest of four attacks to rock Turkey’s biggest city this year, with two others blamed on Daesh and another claimed by a militant Kurdish group.

Though there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s carnage, “the evidence points to Daesh”, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told journalists at the scene.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for an international “joint fight” against terror, as Western allies including the United States condemned the “heinous” attack.

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