Erdoğan calls Iraqi, Saudi leaders over terror attacks

Erdoğan calls Iraqi, Saudi leaders over terror attacks

Erdoğan calls Iraqi, Saudi leaders over terror attacks

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has offered his condolences to the people of Iraq and Saudi Arabia over recent terrorist attacks in separate phone calls with the leaders of the two countries. 

According to information provided by presidential sources, Erdoğan first called Iraqi President Fuad Masum late on July 4 to condemn the massive terror attacks that hit Baghdad over the weekend, claiming the lives of more than 200 people. The attack is believed to be carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

Erdoğan also called King Salman of Saudi Arabia to express his condolences after a series of terror attacks hit Medina, Jeddah and Qatif. The two leaders also reiterated their will to further develop bilateral relations. 

Meanwhile, President Erdoğan called Azerbaijan President İlham Aliyev, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and his father Emir Hamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, and the head of the Presidential Council of Bosnia Herzegovina Bakir İzzetbegovic to celebrate the Eid al-Fitr holiday, according to presidential sources. 

In the aftermath of last week’s ISIL attack at Atatürk Airport last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Prime Minister of Panjab State of Pakistan Mohammed Sherif have also called Erdoğan to express their sympathy with the Turkish people.