The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Tayyip Recep Erdoğan:
«On behalf of myself and of all the Italian people, allow me to express our deepest sympathy with your Country and our firm condemnation of the terrorist attack that struck the city of Istanbul, causing the death and injury of numerous innocent civilians.
This further act of blind and senseless violence will not induce us to retreat in the face of the enemies of democracy and of peaceful coexistence.
In this moment of deep sorrow, Italy is at Turkey's side in its unrelenting fight against terrorism.
On behalf of myself and of all the Italian people, I kindly ask you to transmit our condolences to the families of the victims and our warmest sympathy to all those injured».
Rome, 12 January 2016