We stand with UK, says Modi as leaders condemn terror attack

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed sadness over the London terror attack along with several world leaders, who condemned the Wednesday’s attack. Modi said India stands with the UK at this difficult moment.

“Deeply saddened by the terror attack in London. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Modi said in a tweet.

“At this difficult moment, India stands with UK in the fight against terrorism. @theresa_may @Number10Gov,” he added in another tweet.

London: Emergency services on Westminister Bridge after a policeman was stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers, and in a separate incident a car drove into a pedestrian on nearby Westminster Bridge, in a major security incident near to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday March 22, 2017.  Photo - AP/PTI

London: Emergency services on Westminister Bridge after a policeman was stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers, and in a separate incident a car drove into a pedestrian on nearby Westminster Bridge, in a major security incident near to the Houses of Parliament in London, Wednesday March 22, 2017.
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Several leaders across the world also condemned the suspected terrorist attack in the heart of London by an attacker who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they “stand” with Britain.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany stood by Britain “firmly and resolutely”. “Although the background to these acts are not yet clear, I reaffirm that Germany and its citizens stand firmly and resolutely alongside Britons in the struggle against all forms of terrorism,” Merkel said in a statement.

“In these grave moments, we Germans feel very close to the British people,” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier added.

French President Francois Hollande sent a message of “solidarity” and “support” for Britons and May. “France, which has been hit so hard in recent times, knows what the British people are suffering today,” Hollande said in a statement.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed his “condolences to the victims and their families” in a
statement, adding: “The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom.”

“We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference,” he said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s attack in London and their families. Canadians remain united with the people of the UK.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the attack left him “highly emotional”.

London: Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Photo - AP/PTI

London: Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
Photo – AP/PTI

In Brussels to commemorate the one-year anniversary of attacks on the main airport and a metro station, Juncker said “the fact that exactly on the same day something similar happened in London, and to London, is really putting me in the situation of someone who does not have…enough words to express how I am deeply feeling.”

Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry, expressed the country’s “condolences” and said on Russian television: “We do not and will never support terrorism.”

“We consider it an evil to which it is necessary to fight collectively. In this moment, as always, our hearts are with Britons and we share their pain”.

In a message addressed to Queen Elizabeth, Italian President Sergio Mattarella expressed his “deep sadness” and said that “the United Kingdom will be able to count on Italy’s firm commitment” in the fight against terrorism.

“Our condolences are with those who mourn and all who are affected in London,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted. “Belgium stands with UK in fight against terror.”

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called terrorism “a global catastrophe” on Turkish television, adding: “All countries should come together on the terror issue and fight together against” it.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: “Spain stands with the British people. I condemn the attack in the vicinity of Westminster, London. Solidarity with the victims.”

(With inputs from the Agencies)