Media Statement

22 August 2016

President Zuma sends condolences to Turkey following deadly terrorist attack

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, sent a message of condolences to H. E. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Government and people of the Republic of Turkey, following a deadly attack that took place on Saturday, 20 August 2016, at a Kurdish wedding party in the city of Gaziantep, which left over 50 people dead and dozens injured.

President Zuma said: "The South African Government condemns in the strongest terms the deadly attack against innocent civilians in Gaziantep, in south-eastern Turkey. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned. South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism. We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms."

President Zuma added that: "The Government and people of South Africa extend deepest condolences to the Government and people of Turkey and especially to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery."

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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