U.S. Department of State Press Statement – March 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of State has declared the suicide bombing that occurred in Istanbul on March 19, 2016 an act of terrorism.

“The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack today on Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and our hopes for a quick recovery for those wounded. We will remain in close touch with Turkish authorities during the investigation.

The United States stands in solidarity with our NATO Ally Turkey in combating the common threat of terrorism. This vicious attack is the latest in a series of indefensible violence targeting innocent people throughout Turkey – Turkish citizens and international visitors alike.

These acts of terrorism only reinforce our determination to support all those across the region working to promote peace and reconciliation.”

Read the full press statement here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2016/03/254850.htm