Singapore's President, PM and Foreign Minister condemn Istanbul bombing, send condolences

A man places a flower next to German football club scarves at the Obelisk of Theodosius in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, on Jan 13, 2016.
A man places a flower next to German football club scarves at the Obelisk of Theodosius in Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul, on Jan 13, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore's President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan have condemned Tuesday's (Jan 12) bomb attack in Istanbul in letters to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu respectively.

Mr Lee and Dr Balakrishnan have also expressed their condolences to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the victims, and condemned the attack at Sultanahmet Square.

The suicide bomber killed himself and 10 German tourists in the attack at Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday (Jan 12). The square is near the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, major tourist sites in one of the world’s most visited cities.

In his letter to Mr Erdogan, President Tan said he was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the bomb blast.

"Singapore condemns this act of terror which has resulted in the loss of innocent lives.  We stand in solidarity with Turkey and its people during this difficult time," he added.

 

PM Lee said that Singapore stands in solidarity with Turkey against the global threat posed by terrorism.  "Our thoughts are with you and the Turkish people during this difficult time," he wrote to his Turkish counterpart Mr Davutoglu.

 

"We must remain resolute in fighting this terrorist threat," Dr Balakrishnan said in his note to Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu.

PM Lee and Dr Balakrishnan also wrote to their respective counterparts in Germany.

In his letter of condolence to the German Chancellor, PM Lee said the attack is a painful reminder of the danger that terrorism poses to the international community.  "We must remain vigilant and steadfast in fighting this terrorist threat," he said.

Dr Balakrishnan said he wished the injured a speedy recovery. "Our thoughts are with the German people during this difficult period," he added in his letter to the German foreign minister.
 

The letters in full are below.