Hours after the attacks on the Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels, messages of condolences and condemnation flew in from all over the world. From Ban Ki-moon to Donald Tusk and from Narendra Modi to Nawaz Sharif, here's a small selection of what world leaders had to say about Tuesday's attacks:
Ban Ki-moon (UN secretary-general): The Secretary-General hopes those responsible will be swiftly brought to justice. He is confident that Belgium’s and Europe’s commitment to human rights, democracy and peaceful coexistence will continue to be the true and lasting response to the hatred and violence of which they became a victim today.
Jens Stoltenberg (NATO secretary-general): This is a cowardly attack. An attack on our values and on our open societies. Terrorism will not defeat democracy and take away our freedoms. We have decided to increase the alert state at NATO Headquarters. We remain vigilant and continue to monitor the situation very closely.
Jean-Claude Juncker (EU Commission President):
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) March 22, 2016
Donald Tusk (EU Council President): These attacks mark another low by the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence. The EU will fulfill its role to help Brussels, Belgium and Europe as a whole counter the terror threat which we are all facing.
Barack Obama (US President): The American people stand with the people of Brussels. We will do whatever it takes, working with nations and peoples around the world, to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, and to go after terrorists who threaten our people.
Narendra Modi (Indian Prime Minister):
News from Brussels is disturbing. The attacks are condemnable. Condolences to families of the deceased. May those injured recover quickly.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 22, 2016
King Philippe of Belgium: We express our full support for members of the emergency and security services. Our gratitude also goes to all those who spontaneously offer their help. Faced with the threat, we will continue to respond with determination, with calmness and dignity. Let's maintain confidence in ourselves. This trust is our strength.
Hua Chunying (China Foreign Ministry spokesperson): The Chinese side is resolutely against all forms of terrorism. At this critical moment, the Chinese people are together with the people in Belgium and Europe. China is willing to enhance cooperation with Belgium and the world to jointly address threats and challenges imposed by terrorism and uphold world peace and security.
David Cameron (UK Prime Minister):
The terrorists behind today’s atrocities attack our way of life and they attack us because of who we are. We will never let them win.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 22, 2016
Malcolm Turnbull (Australian Prime Minister): The people of Belgium have our thoughts and our prayers but, above all, our most resolute solidarity. We are utterly united, completely united in the fight against terrorism, in the fight against this sort of cowardly violence.
John Key (New Zealand Prime Minister): No innocent person should have to worry about such violence when going about their daily lives and New Zealand stands with Belgium in the fight against terrorism. Atrocities like this and the recent attacks in Turkey are a stark reminder of why the international community must stand together in the global fight against terrorism.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkish President):
The People of Turkey, who suffered from equally heinous attacks at the hands of terrorists, share the pain of the Belgian People.
— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RT_Erdogan) March 22, 2016
Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan Prime Minister): No religion advocates terrorism and killings of innocent people. The terrorists label themselves as associated with different religious faiths and beliefs while their actions are in contrary to the religious teachings. No religion allows the barbaric and inhumane acts of killing fellow human beings.
King Salman of Saudi Arabia: We came to know with profound grief about the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels which resulted in deaths and injuries. We strongly condemn these criminal acts, and join in sharing the pain of Your Excellency and the people of Belgium. On behalf of the government and people of Saudi Arabia, we condole Your Excellency, the families of the victims and the brotherly people of Belgium.
Justin Trudeau (Canadian Prime Minister)
Please read my full statement on today’s attacks in Brussels: https://t.co/s0uOSDR3Gm
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 22, 2016
Francois Hollande (French President): Through the attacks in Brussels, the whole of Europe has been hit. France will implacably continue the fight against terrorism both on the international level and at home.
Vladimir Putin (Russian President): The Russian President expressed confidence that the killers and their accomplices will be punished, and conveyed sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes of a quick recovery to all those injured.
Maithripala Sirisena (Sri Lanka President):
My condolences are with the families of victims of today's attacks in #Brussels.
— Maithripala Sirisena (@MaithripalaS) March 22, 2016
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry: The Indonesian government and people convey its deepest condolences to the people and government of Belgium, especially to the victims and their families.
Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore Prime Minister):
The shocking terrorist attacks in Brussels today remind us yet again of the serious and continuing threat of terrorism....
Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel Prime Minister):It’s not as if we could offer them Brussels, or Istanbul or California, or even the West Bank. That won’t satisfy their grievances. Because what they seek is our utter destruction and their total domination. The terrorists’ basic demand is that we should simply disappear. That’s not going to happen. The only way to defeat these terrorists is to join together and fight them together. That’s how we’ll defeat terrorism – with political unity and with moral clarity. I think we have that in abundance.
Shinzo Abe (Japan Prime Minister): We will do our utmost to prevent terrorism, which can never be tolerated. Japan shows strong solidarity with Belgium and the European Union, which face difficulties right now.
Najib Razak (Malaysian Prime Minister):
I am shocked and appalled by the attacks in Brussels, which follow the recent attacks in Turkey (1/3)
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) March 22, 2016
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Mar 23, 2016 13:23 PM | Updated Date: Mar 23, 2016 13:25 PM