Doha/Information Office/ 12 January 2016/ The State of Qatar strongly condemned the explosion which took place Tuesday in Istanbul killing and injuring many people. In a statement issued today, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs said such criminal acts, which aim at shaking the security and stability of Turkey, terrorizing peaceful civilians and killing innocent people, contravenes all values, ethics, humanitarian principles and heavenly doctrines. The Foreign Ministry stressed the need for solidarity to denounce violence and reject terrorism in all its forms and manifestations regardless of its motives and causes. The Ministry also confirmed the State of Qatar's solidarity with the brotherly Turkish Republic and its people in the confrontation of criminal acts and support to all the measure it takes to maintain its security and stability. The statement expressed Qatar's condolences to the Turkish government, people and families of the victims who fell due to this heinous crime, wishing the injured an early recovery.