US-Turkey relations not affected by blast: Envoy

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 16:00 hrs

Ankara, Feb 1 (IANS) American Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone has said Washington's close cooperation with Turkey will continue and Friday's bombing outside the US embassy here "will not affect Turkish-American relations".

Ricciardone made the remarks outside the embassy building after a suicide bombing in front of the embassy in the capital Ankara killed two people and wounded three others, Xinhua reported.

"This attack will not affect Turkish-American relations and we (the US) still see you (Turkey) as a friend," Ricciardone was quoted as saying.

One of the dead was a US security guard and the other was the suicide bomber.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will stand united against terrorist attacks.

"All these (attacks) are against the peace and welfare of our country. We will stand tall, we will stand strong and overcome these (attacks). We will never say enough, we will never say 'this is the end', we will get stronger as we grow," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet Daily News.

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