Foreign statesmen offered their condolences after floods killed 31 people in Istanbul and the neighboring province of Tekirdag.
President Bashar al-Asad of Syria, President Fatmir Seydiu of Kosovo, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, President Dimitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent messages to President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express their profound sorrow and offer their condolences to those who lost their beloved ones in the floods.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara released a statement, "the U.S. mission would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those killed in yesterday's flooding and to all those in Istanbul and Western Turkey affected by this tragedy. Our Consul General in Istanbul has spoken with the Governor of Istanbul to express our sympathy and concern. We stand ready to assist our friends and allies should it be required."
31 people were killed when flood waters triggered by torrential rains swamped a number of houses and business places in Istanbul and the neighboring province of Tekirdag on September 8 and 9.
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