Countries condemn Paris attacks, declare solidarity with France

2015-11-14 13:20:12 GMT2015-11-14 21:20:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Countries around the world have condemned the coordinated attacks occurring Friday night in Paris, which have left more than 120 people dead, and declared solidarity with the French People.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen on Saturday condemned the Paris attacks, saying it was "a dark day in Europe," and the scale of the attacks in Paris was "incomprehensible," and noting the Danish authorities are closely monitoring the situation in Paris.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday offered condolences to France and expressed solidarity after the attacks.

"Turkey knows very well the meaning of terror and its results. We are sharing the pain of both President Hollande and the French people," Erdogan told reporters in Antalya where the G20 Leaders Summit is to be held between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16.

Erdogan said he has already expressed the need for an agreement to tackle terrorism as the international community, and called for a consensus on the fight against terror.

Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed solidarity with France, adding the killings "targeted the whole of humanity."

German President Joachim Gauck on Saturday in Berlin called for "determination and defense readiness" after the attacks in Paris.

"It is true that the previous night has hit us deeply," said Gauck, adding that "we encountered our fears in that night and we are full of sadness."

However, the terrorists and the night will not have the final say, Gauck stressed. In the determination and defense preparedness in the fight against terrorism, "we stand on the side of France, " he added.

Earlier Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the German government maintains close contact with the French government and has offered to assist them with the security forces.

Merkel assured that Germany will do everything possible to assist in the hunt for the perpetrators and organizers and to jointly lead the fight against terrorists.

This attack on freedom is not only for Paris, said Merkel, adding that the attack "hits us all."

Russian leaders on Saturday sent their condolences to France for the deadly attacks in Paris.

In his telegram to French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the tragedy is another proof of the barbarian nature of terrorism, which challenges human civilization, and he called for concerted efforts of the international community to "fight this evil," according to the Kremlin.

Putin also confirmed that Moscow is ready for close cooperation with Paris in investigating the crime. "I hope the perpetrators will receive deserved punishments," he said.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, in a message sent to his French counterpart Manuel Valls, expressed sympathy with families of the victims and wished the soonest recovery to the injured.

Medvedev also wrote on his Facebook page that "No religious or political reasons may justify terrorists. This is terrorism, against which we all should continue fighting."

"The Republic of Bulgaria strongly condemns any form of terrorism and violence," Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said in a letter of condolences to Hollande on Saturday.

Plevneliev called for joint and determined efforts to fight such inhuman acts against "the principles and foundations of our democratic societies".

Meanwhile, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said in a separate letter on Saturday to Hollande and Valls that Bulgaria met with anger and indignation the news about the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"Terrorism will be defeated," Borissov said. "This attack further strengthens our will to win the fight against terrorism," he said.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a message to Hollande to express Greece's solidarity.

"We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. In these difficult times, Greece stands by the French people," he tweeted before calling for an emergency cabinet meeting on the matter for later Saturday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday night that Canada is ready to offer all possible assistance to France after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

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