Singapore sends condolences

SINGAPORE • Singapore leaders have sent condolence letters to their Turkish counterparts over the Ankara car bombing on Wednesday, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan condemned the attack that killed 28 people in Turkey, said the statement released on Thursday.

"Singapore condemns this horrific attack which has claimed so many innocent lives. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families and the people of Turkey during this period of grief," Dr Tan said in a letter to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mr Lee told his counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu that he was "shocked to hear of the tragic car bomb explosion". "On behalf of the Government of Singapore, I extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families who have lost their loved ones," Mr Lee said. "We stand in solidarity with Turkey and remain resolute in our efforts to combat terrorism."

In a letter to Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu, Dr Balakrishnan said he was "shocked and saddened" to hear of the attack and also vowed to continue the global fight against terrorism.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2016, with the headline 'Singapore sends condolences'. Print Edition | Subscribe