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Mayor De Lille sends condolences to the cities of Istanbul and Izmir<p>​Mayor De Lille sends condolences to the cities of Istanbul and Izmir</p><p>I have written to Mayor Kadir Topbaş of Istanbul and Mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu of Izmir to express my dismay following the recent terror attacks that they have experienced during this week.  </p><p>Our thoughts and prayers are with all the loved ones of the 39 innocent people who lost their lives in the nightclub attack in Istanbul. I also shared condolences for the two innocent lives that were lost in the car bomb attack in Izmir. We also carry the 11 residents who were injured during this senseless attack in our thoughts and wish them a swift recovery.</p><p>It is saddening that in the renewed hope brought in by the new year, there are those who seek to sow sorrow and pain.</p><p>As Izmir’s sister city, we stand together with them in their battle for peace and security in their city. We cannot allow this evil to revoke the gains which Izmir has made in recent decades. We also stand in solidarity with Istanbul, with whom we have strong relations. </p><p>It is my hope that they will find strength and comfort from all cities that stand united with them in peace.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2017-01-05T22:00:00ZGP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|Statements;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#90b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534;L0|#090b49a62-96e2-436a-9c68-187c9ab33534|Mayor;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb1

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