Turkey’s top business bodies condemned the suicide attack in Istanbul’s touristic Sultanahmet that has killed 10 and wounded 15, urging the country to stand together against such acts.
Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) condemned the attack and expressed condolences to relatives of people who have lost their lives after the attack.
“This act, similar to other barbarous attacks that we have witnessed lately, was an attempt against the peace of Turkey. The fact that terror primarily targets democratic and open social order should not be ignored” said the TÜSİAD statement.
The statement called on for a common stand to all humanity against terror which disregards boundaries, stressing terror’s threat against democratic social ordersas well as rights and freedoms of citizens should not be tolerated.
Meanwhile, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (İSO) released a statement condemning the “terror flow that has been striking the world”.
“The act has targeted innocent people in an historical spot, where civilizations meet” İSO Chair Erdal Bahçıvan said, adding the attack was “against all humanity and international values”.
Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey's (TOBB) Chair Rıfat Hisarcıklıoğlu also defined the act as a “barbarous attack against Turkish business world”
“The messages of panic, chaos and suppression that this sick mentality, aiming to advance by claiming lives has been seeking to give, were destroyed in the conscience of our sacred nation, as always."
Accordingly, Turkish Hoteliers' Association (TUROB) made a statement stressing this attack was “certainly targeting chaos in Islam geography and conflict between civilizations”.
The statement reminded deadly attacks in Paris and urged solidarity and cooperation between countries, to prevent terror.
International Investors Association of Turkey (YASED) also condemned “terror attacks costing innocent people’s lives” and expressed wishes that these sorts of terror attacks do not occur again.
“Terror that has taken on a global dimension unfourtanetly targets all humanity regardless of language or religion. This attack demonstrated once again that terror is not limited to east or west, Europe or Asia” said Head of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO), İbrahim Çağlar.