C o m m u n i q u é
The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent the following message to the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
«To my great dismay, I learnt of the two vile bombings that took place in Istanbul yesterday and that once again claimed the life of innocent victims.
In such a sorrowful moment for Turkey, my warm-hearted thoughts, along with those of all the Italian people, go to victims, to their families and to the numerous people injured, to whom I wish a prompt recovery.
Italy stands by Turkey and our friends, the people of Turkey, in firmly condemning all forms of violence in the conviction that only through a common and shared effort will we be able to defeat terrorism and those who instigate this barbaric spiralling of violence.
It is with these sentiments that I renew my sincerest expressions of solidarity and sympathy to you, to the Police Forces and to all your fellow-citizens».
Rome, 11 December 2016