International community condemns London terrorist attacks

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-04 21:25:16|Editor: MJ


Officers investigate the scene on London Bridge after the terror attack took place on Saturday night in London, Britain on June 4, 2017. (Xinhua/UK OUT)

BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Leaders and foreign ministries of some countries around the world on Sunday condemned the terrorist attacks in London, expressing condolences to the bereaved families, and pledging solidarity to fight terrorism.

European Union:

"Following latest London incidents with horror. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please stay safe," said European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.


"Putin expresses his profound condolences for the British people and condemns the terrorist attack carried out hours ago in London," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying.


U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday offered help to Britain after two attacks in London that have killed seven and injured at least 48.

"Whatever the United States can do to help out in London and the U.K., we will be there -- WE ARE WITH YOU. GOD BLESS!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

He also spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer condolences and offered Washington's "full support" in "investigating and bringing those responsible for these heinous acts to justice," according to a White House statement.

The country condemned the "cowardly attacks" targeting civilians and stood ready to offer any assistance authorities in Britain may request, the statement said.


"In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain's side. My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones," said French President Emmanuel Macron.


"Today we are united across borders in horror and mourning, but also in determination," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement.

"For Germany, I reiterate that in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we are resolutely at Britain's side."

"At this time, I am thinking of our British friends and everyone in London with solidarity and compassion," she said.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday offered his "resolute support" to the British government and the people of London.

"Our prayers and resolute solidarity are today as always with the people of Britain in the face of the shocking terrorist attacks in London," he posted on Twitter.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condemned the terror attacks in London.

"Attacks in London are shocking & anguishing. We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured," Modi tweeted.


Pakistan on Sunday condemned the act of terrorism in London and expressed solidarity with Britain and its people.

"We are deeply shocked and saddened by the horrific act of terrorism in London in which, reportedly, six innocent people have been killed and dozens have sustained injuries," the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said.

"The people and government of Pakistan strongly condemn the terrorist attack and sympathize with the people and the government of the United Kingdom," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Pakistan expressed deepest condolences to the bereaved families at the loss of their beloved ones and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured.

"Terrorism is a global menace and hence a common challenge that needs to be tackled with collective effort and cooperation," the statement said.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday condemned the "terrorist crimes" that took place last night in central London, according to the UAE foreign ministry.

"The terrorist crimes of London reaffirm the urgent need for concerted international efforts to counter extremism and terrorism in all its forms, and innocent civilians pay the price for these terrorist crimes," the foreign ministry said.

It called for "joint cooperation and response to this serious scourge that threatens the security and stability of the countries of the world." The UAE also expressed sincere condolences to the families of victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured.


Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen condemned on Sunday the attacks, saying the Danish authorities are monitoring the situation.

"In the midst of grief after the abominable attack in Manchester, Britain has once again been hit by the darkness. Another cowardly attempt to muzzle us has taken place before our eyes," Rasmussen said in a statement.

"The cold-blooded contempt for life leaves us empty of words but with strengthened will."

"They will not change or break us, for our faith in our values and our way of living grows after each cowardly attack."

"I mourn with the victims, their relatives and all Britons. You are not alone," Rasmussen said.

Britain was struck again as unidentified attackers driving a van ran over pedestrians and stabbed people on Saturday night in London, leaving at least seven people killed and 48 injured so far.

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