Tributes poured in from around the world for the victims and their families of an attack at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
"The attack, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values," Erdogan said. "If states, as all humanity, fail to join forces and wage a joint fight against terrorist organizations, all the possibilities that we dread in our minds will come true one by one."
"We stand in solidarity with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating the threat of terrorism," U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. "Sadly, this murderous attack is only the latest in a series of attacks aimed at killing and maiming innocent civilians. 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."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon condemned the terrorist attack and expressed "sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Turkey." He also hoped for a "speedy recovery" for the dozens injured.
Francis called for the killers behind the attacks to change their ways.
“May the Lord convert the hearts of the violent ones and support our efforts toward the path of peace,” Francis said during a blessing from his window.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday the attacks are “just another reminder of the importance of joint efforts to fight our common threat — terrorism.” Putin is expected to offer his condolences in the telephone call with Erdogan.
The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement that "all American stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence."
The GOP's presumptive presidential candidate tweeted, "Yet another terrorist attack, this time in Turkey. Will the world ever realize what is going on? So sad."
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin
“I take this opportunity to welcome the chance to renew our good relationship especially because our strengthened dialogue will greatly aid in our joint efforts against this threat, and because it sends a strong message to the terrorists that we will stand untied against hatred,” Rivlin said in the letter.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
Ghani said he was deeply saddened by the terrorist attack, saying “the people of Afghanistan feel the pain and suffering of the people of Turkey more than others, as we have been the victim of terrorism for years.”
Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel
Michel tweeted, "Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks."
president of Lithuania said they "stand together with people of #Turkey."
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