Maltese PM condemns "Paris attack"

2015-01-07 23:52:30 GMT2015-01-08 07:52:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

VALLETTA, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Wednesday condemned the attack on the office of a Paris satirical magazine, assuring solidarity with "the victims, families and people of France."

"We stand united with the French people in defending freedom of speech and democracy," said Muscat. "People of goodwill, irrespective of their origin, race or religion will surely unite around these principles. Today, we are all French."

In a statement made by Malta's Ministry for Foreign Affairs on behalf of the Government of Malta, the ministry has also strongly condemned this morning's brutal terrorist attack on the headquarters of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"It is envisaged that both Prime Minister Muscat and Minister Vella will be communicating directly with French President Hollande and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to reiterate the support of the Government of Malta in the aftermath of the attack," the statement said.

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