World leaders condemn Manchester concert attack

May 23, 2017 6:29 pm
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Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 following a terror attack the previous evening © AFP / Oli SCARFF

, Paris, France, May 23 – World leaders expressed shock and horror on Tuesday after the suicide bombing in Manchester, noerthwest England which killed at least 22 people, including children.

Here are some of the reactions:

– Britain –

Prime Minister Theresa May called it an “appalling terrorist attack” and suspended her campaign ahead of a general election on June 8, as did the chief opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected,” May said.

Labour Party chief Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services.”

– United States –

President Donald Trump condemned the “evil losers” behind the attack, saying: “I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name.

“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered,” he said.

– Germany –

Armed police patrol near Manchester Arena on May 23, 2017 following a terror attack the previous evening © AFP / Laurence CHU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced “sorrow and horror”, adding: “This suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen our resolve to work with our British friends against those who plan and execute such inhuman acts. I assure the people in Britain: Germany stands by your side.”

– Russia –

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to increase anti-terror cooperation with Britain after “this cynical, inhuman crime.”

“We expect that those behind it will not escape the punishment they deserve,” he said.

– France –

French President Emmanuel Macron voiced “horror and shock” and said he planned to speak to the British prime minister.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said it was an example of “the most cowardly terrorism” that was aimed “specifically and knowingly” at young people.

– Australia –

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the attack was “especially vile, especially criminal, especially horrific because it appears to have been deliberately directed at teenagers.”

He added: “This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children. This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere.”

Police forensics officers on duty in Manchester, northwest England, on May 23, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLIS

– United Nations –

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres expressed “his deep sympathy and solidarity to the people and government of the United Kingdom” and said he hoped “that those responsible for this unjustifiable violence will be swiftly brought to justice.”

– Vatican –

Pope Francis said he was “deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life caused by the barbaric attack in Manchester,” and said he sought “God’s blessings of peace, healing and strength upon the nation.”

– The Netherlands –

Prime Minister Mark Rutte said: “Terrible news from Manchester where a great evening ended in tragedy. Our thoughts are with the victims.”

– Spain –

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said: “I condemn the Manchester attack. My condolences to the families of the deceased and my fervent wishes that the wounded recover soon.”

– Italy –

Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tweeted: “Italy joins forces with the British people and government. Our thoughts go out to the victims of the Manchester attack and their families.”

– Denmark –

Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said: “Horrendous loss of innocent lives in #Manchester. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the British people.”

– Canada –

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Canadians are shocked by the news of the horrific attack in Manchester tonight. Please keep the victims & their families in your thoughts.”

– Greece –

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said: “We express our solidarity to the British people and our support to the relatives of the victims. We are on your side.”

– Israel –

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government “strongly condemns the terrible terror attack.”

“Terror is a global threat and the enlightened countries must act together to defeat it in any place,” he said.

– China –

President Xi Jinping sent his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II, expressing “deep grief for the victims” and their families.

– Turkey –

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “I firmly condemn the terrorist attack,” adding that he shared “the pain of the British people.”

– Switzerland –

President Doris Leuthard tweeted: “The fact that the target should once again be people wanting to enjoy a night out at a concert is appalling.”

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