World leaders express outrage at Paris attacks

Nov 14, 2015, 12:44 IST | PTI

Washington: World leaders led by US President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed shock and outrage over a wave of bombings and shootings in Paris that left over 120 people dead and pledged solidarity with France.

World leaders express outrage at Paris attacksBarack Obama, Narendra Modi and David Cameron

Obama called the attacks an 'outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians' and vowed to do whatever it takes to help bring the perpetrators to justice. He called the attacks a 'heartbreaking situation' and an 'attack on all of humanity'. He also telephoned his French counterpart Francois Hollande and offered support in probing the attacks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry described the attacks in Paris as 'heinous evil' and 'vile', calling them 'an assault on our common humanity'.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council condemned the 'despicable' terrorist attacks. Ban said he 'trusts that the French authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly.' Extending his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wishing a speedy recovery to those injured, Ban said that he stands with the Government and people of France.

In a separate statement, the Council also strongly condemned what the 15-member body referred to as 'barbaric and cowardly' terrorist attacks. The Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to justice. The members of the Council also expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government of France, the statement said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was 'deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris'. The German leader said her thoughts were with the victims 'of the apparent terrorist attack'.

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

China strongly condemned the attacks, saying it is 'greatly shocked by the terrorist attacks that has caused massive casualties'. "China expresses deep condolences to the victims and extends sincere sympathies to the families of the dead and injured," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. Describing terrorism as a common challenge facing mankind,Hong said China firmly supports France to maintain national security and stability and combat terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered condolences and support to his counterpart Hollande and the French people.

Australia Prime Malcolm Turnbull has labelled attacks in Paris an assault intended to suppress freedom worldwide. Turnbull praised France's resilience and pledged solidarity with its people. "The home of freedom has been assaulted by terrorists determined to attack and suppress freedom, not just in France, but throughout the world," he said.

Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered condolences to the victims and extended 'help and support to the government of France'.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and NATO head Jens Stoltenberg both said they were 'deeply shocked' by the attacks.

European Council President Donald Tusk said he will ensure the G20 summit in Turkey over the weekend will respond to the threat of terrorism as both he and Juncker prepared to represent the European Union at the event.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the summit. Contending that fight against terror is a 'joint war'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with France. "I offer the condolences of the people of Israel to the families of those murdered, and wish those wounded a speedy recovery," he added.

A national state of emergency has been called in the wake of multiple shootings throughout Paris.

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