Portugal's PM calls for greater EU cooperation in tackling terrorism

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-18 04:52:51|Editor: yan
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LISBON, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa paid homage to the two Portuguese victims on Friday, calling for greater European Union (EU) cooperation in tackling terrorism on the anniversary of the Barcelona terror attacks.

"One year on, we too remember Barcelona and we will never forget our compatriots Maria Correia and Maria de Lurdes Ribeiro, and everyone else who lost their lives and were injured in that cruel act of terror," said Costa in a message issued via Twitter.

"As with all the major challenges of today, we need greater unity and solidarity within the European Union to combat terrorism," Costa added.

On Aug. 17, 2017, 16 people died and 120 people were injured in terrorist attacks on the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona and at Cambrils, a nearby seaside resort.

Maria Correia, aged 20, and Maria de Lurdes Ribeiro, aged 74, granddaughter and grandmother respectively, were on holiday in Barcelona together at the time.

Once identified, their corpses were flown back to Cascais, a town outside Lisbon, for a funeral attended by Costa himself and Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.