World leaders rally around France after attacks
15 November 2015, Nirapad News: The US president and other world leaders have condemned a series of coordinated attacks in the French capital Paris that has left more than 128 people dead and scores injured.
In a statement late on Friday evening, Barack Obama said the attacks were an ‘outrageous attempt to terrorize civilians’ and that his country was ready to provide France with any help it required.
‘France is our oldest ally, the French people have stood by the American people time and again, we want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism,’ he said, reports Al Jazeera.
Obama’s comments were echoed by David Cameron, British prime minister, and other world leaders, who took to social media to express their solidarity.
‘I am shocked by events in Paris tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help,’ Cameron wrote in a tweet shortly after news of the attacks broke.
A statement by the German foreign office on behalf of Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was ‘deeply shocked’ by the attack and conveyed her sympathy and solidarity.
Russian President Vladimir Putin also expressed his condemnation following the ‘horrible terrorist attacks’, sending his condolences to the French people and Hollande in a statement published by the Russian foreign ministry.
Justin Trudeau, the recently elected Canadian prime minister, said his government was offering its help to France and that he had discussed the security situation in his own country with officials.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani joined Western counterparts in condemning the attack and the ‘evil scourge of terrorism’, the state-owned Press TV reported.