World leaders slam London attacks as ‘heinous’ & ‘cynical’
Leaders and high-ranking officials from across the globe have condemned the London attacks that killed at least seven and injured nearly 50. Officials called the tragedy “brutal,” “dreadful,” and “cowardly.”
In a show of support, Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter of condolence to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, according to a statement published on the president’s website.
“This crime shocks [us] with its cruelty and cynicism,” Putin said, adding that the world should join efforts in the fight against global terrorism.
The president also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to all those injured in the attack.
Putin’s French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, reiterated his country’s commitment to its long-standing ally.
“In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain’s side. My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones,” he wrote on Twitter.
Face à cette nouvelle tragédie, la France est plus que jamais aux côtés du Royaume-Uni. Mes pensées vont aux victimes et à leurs proches.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 4, 2017
At least four French citizens were injured in the attack, Jean-Yves Le Drian, minister of Europe and foreign affairs, later said in a statement, as cited by FranceInfo.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she learned about the attacks with “grief and dismay,” her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, tweeted.
“Today, we are united across all borders in horror and sadness, but equally in determination. I stress for Germany: in the fight against all forms of terrorism, we stand firmly and decisively at Britain’s side,” Merkel said.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere also mourned the victims of the attack, saying that his country stands “together in the fight against the Terrorism.”
“After a dreadful night in London: all our thoughts are with our British friends and this wonderful, brave city,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel also took to Twitter to show support for people in the UK.
“A new tragedy in London, we all stand with UK,” he wrote.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni called for a uniting of efforts in the fight against terrorism.
“London is once again under attack. Solidarity with the British Government and [let’s] joint efforts against terrorism,” he wrote.
#Londra ancora sotto attacco Solidarietà al Governo britannico e impegno comune contro il terrorismo Uniamoci nel ricordo delle vittime— Paolo Gentiloni (@PaoloGentiloni) June 4, 2017
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he is following the information about London attack “with sadness,” also expressing his solidarity with the families of the victims in the assaults.
“Our solidarity and support to the authorities and to the British people,” he wrote.
Sigo con preocupación los ataques en Londres, triste información. Nuestra solidaridad y apoyo a las autoridades y al pueblo británico. MR— Mariano Rajoy Brey (@marianorajoy) June 4, 2017
European Council President Donald Tusk has called London tragedy “a cowardly attack,” while EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote that he was monitoring the situation “with horror.”
My heart and mind are in London after another cowardly attack. Europe stands by UK in fight against terrorism.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) June 4, 2017
Following latest #London incidents with horror. Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Please stay safe.— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) June 3, 2017
Words of support also came from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, saying his thoughts are “with all those affected by brutal London Bridge attacks.”
My thoughts tonight are with all those affected by brutal #LondonBridge attacks. We stand together with the people of London— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) June 4, 2017
US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also expressed condemnation of the assaults in Twitter posts.
Our thoughts & prayers are w/ the victims, courageous first responders & all the people of London. As President Trump said: WE ARE WITH YOU.— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 3, 2017
The prime minister of Canada also expressed his condolences, noting that he is monitoring the situation.
Awful news from London tonight. We're monitoring the situation - Canadians in need of help please see below: https://t.co/NVHwMlD2uu— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 3, 2017
Australian authorities, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, said they have been briefed on the attack and stand firmly with the British people.
Our prayers and resolute solidarity are today as always with the people of Britain in the face of the shocking terrorist attacks in London.— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) June 4, 2017
Turnbull later confirmed that two Australian citizens were affected by the tragedy, without providing details.
“Shocking and anguishing,” is how the Indian prime minister described the attack.
Attacks in London are shocking & anguishing. We condemn them. My thoughts are with families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2017
Malaysia slammed the attacks as “heinous acts.”
“Escalation of indiscriminate and chain terror attacks around the world is a warning sign for the international community,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, condemning the attack.