ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires
Turkey and Syria condemned a wave of deadly attacks across the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, with both countries having expressed support for their war-torn neighboring country.
President Abdullah Gül telephoned his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talabani to "express his deep sadness over the terrorist attacks and extend his condolences," a statement from his office said. Gül said Ankara stood ready to help Iraq should it request any assistance such as medical equipment and personnel or the transfer of the wounded to Turkey for treatment, reported Agence France-Presse.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said attacks targeted the peaceful and stable atmosphere restored in Iraq. “Turkey strongly condemns this loathsome terrorist attack and offers condolences for those who lost their lives in the attack. We also wish a speedy recovery for those who were injured in the attack," Anatolia news agency quoted its statement as saying.
The statement also expressed Turkey's readiness to undertake treatment of those injured and to send medicine and medical equipment if needed.
In Damascus, Syrian Foreign Ministry said it "strongly" condemns the bomb attacks, adding that the country reaffirms its support for stability in Iraq.
"Syria strongly condemns the harrowing terrorist attacks which were carried out in Baghdad," the ministry said in a statement. "We express our deep sorrow at the loss of a large number of victims and we reaffirm our support for everything that upholds Iraq's security, integrity and stability," it said.
"These grave events show more than ever the necessity of achieving national reconciliation so that Iraqis can stand firm against terrorism," the ministry said.
At least 101 people were killed and almost 600 wounded by the string of suicide attacks in Baghdad on Wednesday in the country's worst day of violence in 18 months.