Security Council condemns ‘barbaric, cowardly’ Paris attacks
The United Nations Security Council condemned the “barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks,” which claimed at least 160 lives in Paris on Friday.
“The Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these terrorist acts to justice,” the 15-member council said in a statement.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also said the Atlantic defence alliance would stand with France “strong and united” against terrorism, following the killing of dozens of people in Paris on Friday night.
“I am deeply shocked by the horrific terrorist attacks across Paris tonight. My thoughts are with the families of the victims, with all those affected, and with the people of France,” he said. “We stand strong and united in the fight against terrorism. Terrorism will never defeat democracy.”
The Kremlin also condemned the “hateful” string of attacks and the “inhuman murders” of at least 60 in Paris Friday, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Russian news agencies reported.
President Vladimir Putin meanwhile offered condolences and support to his counterpart Francois Hollande and the French people, TASS news agency said.
British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the attacks via twitter, when he wrote “we will do whatever we can to help.”
The Egyptian government also condemned the attack. Israel also said it stands “shoulder to shoulder” with France in its anti-terror fight.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed solidarity with France.
“I am shocked and saddened that so many people have been killed and injured in violent attacks in Paris,” Trudeau said, offering his condolences.
“Canada stands with France at this dark time and offers all possible assistance.”