Obama reaffirms U.S. solidarity with Turkey following attack

Baku, June 30, AZERTAC

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday reaffirmed the solidarity of the United States with Turkey following the terrorist attack on Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, according to Xinhua.

At least 41 people were killed and more than 200 others injured in explosions that hit Ataturk Airport on Tuesday.

In a telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama expressed his condolences on behalf of the American people and said the attack, like the March attack at Brussels Airport, was an attack on the international community, according to a statement issued by the White House.

Obama offered "any and all" assistance to support Turkish authorities in their investigation and pledged to continue working with Turkey and all of U.S. partners and allies to fight terrorism, it said.

Turkish media reported that Turkey's intelligence units sent a warning letter to related state institutions about potential attacks by the Islamic State (IS) militants nearly 20 days ago.

Hande Firat, CNNTurk's representative in Ankara, said on a live broadcast that Ataturk Airport was listed as a potential target in the letter.

As of now, no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Obama also commended Erdogan and his government for their leadership this week in reaching a deal to normalize relations with Israel and in taking steps to ease tensions with Russia.

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