In the wake of the bombings in the centre of Istanbul on 27 July in which at least 17 people were killed and over 150 injured, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sent the following letter of condolence to his Turkish opposite number, Foreign Minister Ali Babacan:
"We were horrified to learn of the heinous terrorist attacks in Istanbul that have taken such a cruel toll of innocent lives.
The German Government categorically condemns these cowardly and murderous acts. The brutality of the killings leaves us shocked and deeply grieved. For such vile crimes there can never be any justification. I hope those responsible may soon be found and made to face justice.
Permit me to offer you and the people of Turkey, also on behalf of my compatriots, our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. In this difficult hour our nation feels deeply for the people of Turkey. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We wish all who have been injured a full and speedy recovery."