Condolences for Sri Lanka pour in from world leaders in wake of deadly blasts
Over 200 people have been killed as well as hundreds injured in what appears to be a series of eight coordinated explosions that rocked churches and luxury hotels in the Sri Lankan commercial capital of Colombo, as well as some other cities. The horrific attacks drew widespread condemnation from the leaders across the world, who also extended their sympathies to those affected by the incidents and expressed their readiness to help.Also on rt.com ‘No place for barbarism in our region’ – India’s Modi on church attacks in neighboring Sri Lanka
US & Canada
US President Donald Trump has sent his "heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka," as well as offering America's assistance in dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy.
138 people have been killed in Sri Lanka, with more that 600 badly injured, in a terrorist attack on churches and hotels. The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the latest news from Sri Lanka "absolutely horrific," while saying that Canada "strongly condemns the heinous attack."
Absolutely horrific news from Sri Lanka. Canada strongly condemns the heinous attacks on Christians at churches and hotels. Our hearts & thoughts are with the families & loved ones of those killed and all those injured.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 21 апреля 2019 г.
In Europe, national leaders, EU officials and religious leaders stood united in their condemnation of the deadly attacks. UK Prime Minister Theresa May denounced the bombings as "truly appalling," adding that the world "must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practice their faith in fear."
“The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling, and my deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time.“We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear.” – PM @Theresa_May— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) 21 апреля 2019 г.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "it is shocking that people who had gathered to celebrate Easter were the deliberate target of vicious attacks." "Religious hatred and intolerance that manifested themselves so terribly today should not win," she wrote in a telegram sent to the Sri Lankan president.
"Es ist schockierend, dass Menschen, die sich versammelt hatten, um gemeinsam das Osterfest zu begehen, ein bewusstes Ziel dieser hinterhältigen Angriffe waren" – Kanzlerin #Merkel im Kondolenztelegramm zu den Anschlägen in #SriLanka. pic.twitter.com/tJxd6jkaYX— Ulrike Demmer (@UlrikeDemmer) 21 апреля 2019 г.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "deeply saddened" by the attacks and said that France "firmly condemns these odious acts."
We are deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. We firmly condemn these odious acts. We stand by the people of Sri Lanka and our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the victims on this Easter Sunday. https://t.co/NytqQP9aE7— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) 21 апреля 2019 г.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Junker and European Council President Donald Tusk also expressed their condolences to the people of Sri Lanka and said that their thoughts are with those affected by the attacks.
It was with horror and sadness that I heard of the bombings in #SriLanka costing the lives of so many people. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims who had gathered to worship peacefully or come to visit this beautiful country. We stand ready to support.— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) 21 апреля 2019 г.
A tragic Easter in Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the families of those killed in the attacks on churches and hotels; and those still fighting for their lives.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Meanwhile, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said that the attacks in Sri Lanka amount to no less than a "real genocide perpetrated against Christians."
Even on Easter Sunday, there are those who sow hatred and reap death. The attacks in #SriLanka churches testify to a real genocide perpetrated against Christians. Let us pray for the innocent victims and work towards religious freedom around the world.— Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Pope Francis expressed his "affectionate closeness to the Christian community, hit while it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence" in Sri Lanka as he addressed thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican to hear his Easter Sunday message. Meanwhile, the leader of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said on Twitter that those affected by the attacks "will be in the prayers of millions marking Easter Sunday around the world."
Today we say “Christ is risen” with bittersweet joy - knowing our sisters and brothers, and many of other faiths, suffer and mourn. Yet we still sing our alleluias.My Easter sermon: https://t.co/zrtaDlQF9h#EasterDay#HeisRisenpic.twitter.com/TLW3fRRvVC— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) 21 апреля 2019 г.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "deep shock" over the "murderous attacks against innocent civilians in Sri Lanka." He also offered Israel's help to the island nation and called on the world to "unite in struggle against the plague of terror."
בשם אזרחי ישראל אני מביע זעזוע עמוק מההתקפות הרצחניות נגד אזרחים חפים מפשע בסרי לנקה. ישראל נכונה לסייע לרשויות בסרי לנקה בשעה קשה זו. העולם כולו חייב להתאחד במאבק נגד נגע הטרור— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) 21 апреля 2019 г.
President Vladimir Putin reached out to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to express his condolences following the tragedy, the Kremlin said in a Twitter post.
Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena in connection with tragic consequences of terrorist acts— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E) 21 апреля 2019 г.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned what it called "yet another inhumane terrorist raid that cannot be justified."
"The tragic events that took place in Sri Lanka show once again that the international community needs to consolidate its efforts in fight against international terrorism," it said in a statement.
❗ 21 апреля в Шри-Ланке в результате взрывов в нескольких отелях и католических церквях погибло около 150 и получило ранения более 400 человек. Выражаем искренние соболезнования родственникам погибших, желаем скорейшего выздоровления раненым 🔗 https://t.co/hZcEbENKSe#ШриЛанкаpic.twitter.com/NbhWDN80US— МИД России 🇷🇺 (@MID_RF) 21 апреля 2019 г.
New Zealand & Australia
In New Zealand, where 50 people were killed in a shooting attack on two mosques just last month, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said seeing an attack in Sri Lanka was "devastating." New Zealand "condemns all acts of terrorism," she said in a statement, adding that the nation's "resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on March 15."Also on rt.com ‘Hour of grief’: Pakistan’s PM Khan condemns ‘horrific terrorist attack’ in Sri Lanka
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also condemned what he called the "devastating and horrific" terrorist attacks.
My statement in response to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. pic.twitter.com/lGncvjVSNt— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) 21 апреля 2019 г.
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