New Delhi: Calling for closer cooperation between India and Turkey following Tuesday’s terror strike on Istanbul, Burak Akcapar, Turkey’s ambassador to India said that Istanbul will continue to be a safe hub for the Indian tourists.
“Our security forces are exerting every effort to take the necessary measures for the protection of the tourists all over Turkey including Istanbul. Tourists from friendly India can continue to enjoy their favourite vistas by following the instructions of their agents and official announcements. In this vein we believe Istanbul is as secure as any other city in Europe,” Mr. Akcapar told The Hindu.
Diplomatic sources have confirmed that Indian passengers in the airport were not hurt in the attack amid concerns for disruption for India-bound air traffic that passes via Istanbul.
Official sources pointed out that flights from Delhi to Istanbul departed on time though services at the airport were disrupted for few hours as three suicide attackers targeted the airport beginning around 10 p.m, on Tuesday.