Yildlirim expresses condolences with Islam Karimov's unconfirmed death
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildlirim expressed condolences with the unconfirmed death of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov in a cabinet meeting broadcast live.
“Uzbek President Islam Karimov has passed away. May God's mercy be upon him, as the Turkish Republic we are sharing the pain and sorrow of Uzbek people,” Yildirim said.
Earlier in the day, Uzbekistan's cabinet said that Islam Karimov is in critical condition after having suffered a stroke.
Karimov was hospitalized early on Saturday after suffering a stroke. The reports of Karimov's death were previously dismissed by a source in the Uzbek Presidential Office.