Turkish President sends condolences over Israeli victims of Istanbul attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolence to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, saying he was “very sorry” for the loss of three Israeli citizens in Saturday’s deadly suicide bombing in Istanbul.

“I want to send my deepest condolences to the Israeli people and the families that lost their loved ones in this traitorous attack in Istanbul, as they were visiting the city and wanting to get to know our culture better. I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,” Erdogan wrote.

“That cruel attack proved again that the international community must unite in its struggle against terrorism that threatens all of mankind and our basic values, and represent a crime against humanity,” he continued.

A ISIS affiliated suicide bomber attacked in a famous shopping street in central Istanbul on Saturday, killing four people, including three Israelis and one Iranian, and injuring at least 35 others.

Israel’s Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dore Gold was in Istanbul on Sunday on a landmark visit, the first such visit by an Israeli Director of Foreign Affairs in five years.

Dore Gold met with Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin and thanked him for authorities’ devoted care of Israeli victims of Saturday’s deadly suicide bombing in the city.

Tomorrow, Gold is set to meet with Israeli diplomats in Turkey and will express appreciation for their dedicated work.