World leaders condemn attacks, offer support

November 14, 2015 07:39 am | Updated November 17, 2021 02:17 am IST

French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

French police with protective shields walk in line near the Bataclan concert hall following fatal shootings in Paris, France, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

UN reacts

UN Secretary—General Ban Ki—moon on Friday condemned “the despicable terrorist attacks carried out today in various locations in and around Paris,” and demanded “the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre.”

Narendra Modi calls the attacks offers support

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris that has killed at least 100 people, saying that the “news from Paris is anguishing and dreadful“.

Condemn terror attacks, says Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee today condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in the French capital Paris and expressed anguish over the incident.

This is an attack on humanity:

US President Barack Obama has condemned the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris saying that the attack is not just on France but on all of humanity and the universal values and also pledged to work with France to bring those responsible to justice.

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris; it’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” Obama told reporters. The US stands prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need to respond, Obama said.

No Canadians harmed, says PM Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday there was no indication that any Canadians were targeted or victims of the attacks in Paris, but that his government would focus on balancing security and freedom amid fear of future attacks.

"It's too soon to jump to conclusions, but obviously governments have a responsibility to keep their citizens safe, while defending our rights and freedoms, and that balance is something the Canadian government, and indeed all governments around the world, will be focusing on," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa as he prepared to depart for a summit of Group of 20 nations in Turkey.

Shocked, says Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he is “shocked” by the Paris attacks and violence. Cameron said on Twitter “Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”

Shaken by the attacks: German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel says she is “deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris.” The German leader issued a statement saying her thoughts were with the victims “of the apparent terrorist attack.”

Xi Jinping offers condolences

Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed the “strongest” condemnation over the series of terror attacks in Paris on Friday night. “At the sorrowful moment of the French people, I, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, and personally, condemn in the strongest terms the barbaric acts,” Xi said in a message of condolences to his French counterpart Francois Hollande.

We are with the people of France: Netanyahu

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement, “Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with French President Francois Hollande and with the people of France in our common battle against terrorism.”

Australia extends support

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull extended Australia’s deep sympathy to the people of France. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time,” Turnbull said in a statement from Berlin. “But our solidarity is with them too. When the French people left the stadium after that shocking attack, they were not cowed. They sang their national anthem proudly and that is how all free people should respond to these assaults.”

“In France, and Australia, all around the world, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and with all free peoples in the battle against terrorism,” Turnbull added. The Australian government said a 19-year-old Australian woman had been injured in the attacks.

Afghanistan stands with France: Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a tweet to French President Francois Hollande- “I sympathize with you and your people; Afghanistan stands with France with resolve to tackle terrorism as a common enemy.”

A statement from Ghani’s office quoted him as saying, “The brutal attacks in Paris prove that global terrorism does not recognize borders.” “Afghan people have for many years been the victims of terrorist attacks. They feel the pain of Parisians, and share the grief of the victims’ families,” Ghani said. “The people of Afghanistan stand with France on this terrible day. Terrorism is a serious threat to the entire world and we are united in the struggle.”

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