EU, NATO condemn terrorist attack in Istanbul

BRUSSELS, March 19 (KUNA) — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg strongly condemned Saturday’s terrorist attack in central Istanbul in which five people were killed and 39 injured.
“There can be no justification for terrorism. NATO Allies stand with Turkey, united in our determination to fight terrorism in all its forms,” he said in a statement.
The EU said that Istanbul’s “tourist district has suffered another bomb attack and once again the consequences are dramatic.
“We reiterate our continuing solidarity and support to Turkey, confronted as the whole international community is by the threat of terrorism,” said an EU spokesperson for foreign affairs, Maja Kocijancic, in a statement.
On his part, Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders also condemned the terrorist attack in Istanbul and stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation in the fight against the global threat of terrorism. (end)