| In a press release by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Media office, it said: "Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri strongly condemned the terrorist bombing that targeted today the city of Istanbul."
Hariri said: "Terrorism has become a scourge that threatens all states and societies without exception, and a serious threat to the security of all peoples, their stability and progress, more than anytime before."
He added: "The tragic heinous crime that targeted a safe area in Istanbul and claimed the lives of many innocent people, adds to a long list of terrorist attacks, which makes it imperative for the entire international community to act effectively and prepare an integrated work plan, not only to combat such crimes and prosecute the perpetrators, but also to eliminate their causes."
He concluded: "Concerning this tragic crime, we cannot but emphasize our support to the Turkish leadership. We stand by them in their efforts to combat such crimes and terrorist attacks, and express our sympathy to the Turkish people and the families of the victims."