ASEAN strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey G. Karlov, in Ankara on 19 December 2016, for which there can be no justification.

ASEAN expresses its deep sympathies and condolences to the Government and people of the Russian Federation and to the family of Ambassador Karlov.

ASEAN fully supports the efforts in bringing the perpetrator(s) of this barbaric act to justice.

ASEAN reaffirms its strong commitment to working closely with the international community in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever it is committed.