Turkish Presidency and PM Davutoğlu strongly condemn Paris attack
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJan 07, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jan 07, 2015 12:00 am
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu strongly condemned the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, in which 12 people died.
He said, "Globally, we must act against today's attack in Paris so that tension does not spread to other areas."
Davutoğlu also said, "Attempts to relate Islam to the terrorist attack would be wrong," and added, "Islam is a religion of peace."
The Turkish Presidency also harshly condemned Paris attack with a statement published on its official website.
"Terror has no religion or nationality and cannot be used as an excuse in any regards, we should stand against similar terror attacks and tensions caused by intolerance towards differences and discourses of hatred as well as attempts to use religious and cultural differences as a pretext for enmity."
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu condemned the attack as well, saying, "We, as Turkey, condemn terrorism in all forms. It does not matter where it comes from, we oppose all acts of terrorism. We need to fight against terrorism. There are two factors that need to be fought in our region and Europe as well – regional and global counter-terrorism. There is a serious global shortcoming in counter-terrorism."
Turkey's EU Minister Volkan Bozkir condemned the attack on Twitter, "I condemn the terrorist attack in France. Unity in the fight against all sorts of radicalism and terrorism is a must all over the world."
Turkey's Foreign Ministry also released a statement, saying the attack was an "assault on humanity and universal values."