Brussels wounded by terrorism, international support is flowing

With the attacks in Brussels, the whole of Europe is targeted and affected. It is therefore all of Europe that supports Belgium. One of the attacks was adjacent to the European quarter where the EU headquarters are located. MEPs and heads of European institutions were among the first to react and support Belgium.

Fbursting into tears as she evoked "a very sad day for Europe", the head of European diplomacy, during a visit to Amman (Jordan), the Italian Federica Mogherini, its expressed with the most emotion in the face of these attacks claimed by the Islamic State organization.

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, condemned the incidents that occurred on Tuesday March 22, 2016 describing them as "hate attacks".

The 28 heads of state and government of the EU and the leaders of the European institutions denounced an attack on "our open and democratic society", in a joint statement.

The European Union is in mourning and pays tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks that have occurred today in Brussels. These attacks are a blow to our democratic and open society. Our common institutions are established in Brussels thanks to the generosity of the Belgian people and their government. The European Union and its Member States are, more than ever, in solidarity with Belgium and are determined to face this threat, together and by deploying all the necessary means. This attack only strengthens our determination to defend our European values ​​in the face of attacks from supporters of intolerance. We will all stand together and act decisively in the fight against hatred, violent extremism and terrorism.

The French President, Francois Hollande visited the Belgian embassy in Paris on Tuesday, March 22, as a sign of solidarity with Belgium after the terrorist attacks which hit Brussels. "I decided with the Prime Minister to lower the flags at half mast in our country," he announced. “It is the whole of Europe that is targeted, its values, its principles, democracy. All united against terrorism, we will win, ”declared the President of the Republic on his exit.

The Prime Minister, Manuel Valls reaffirmed France's position, and our: "Solidarity with our Belgian friends, we are facing a particularly high threat, we are at war, we are undergoing acts of war ..." The French flags will be at half mast until Friday March 25.

“In these tragic times, our thoughts are first with these victims, their families and loved ones. I expressed France's solidarity with Belgium and reaffirmed unity with our Belgian friends in this terrible ordeal ”, notes Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs in a press release. The French and Belgian ministers underlined the urgency of coordinating their action in the fight against terrorism even more.

"The dread is as limitless as the determination to defeat terrorism," said Angela Merkel in Berlin. For the German Chancellor, the authors of these attacks are "enemies of all the values ​​of Europe".

David Cameron, Prime Minister of England said he was shocked and very concerned after the series of deadly bomb attacks in Brussels. The Prime Minister said that England "will do all she can to help" Belgium, as the level of security has been increased in sensitive places and airports including Heathrow and Gatwick, in response to the terrorist attacks.

In Italy, for the president Sergio Matterella the attacks "tragically confirm that the objective of fundamentalist terrorism is the culture of freedom and democracy" which are the foundations of Europe. "With heart and mind in Brussels, Europe," tweeted the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. He pleaded for "a European pact for freedom and security"

For the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, “It is in these moments that we realize that what unites us is stronger than what divides us. It is the struggle for democracy, for freedom and for human rights, for dignity ”.

In French, the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, expresses on Twitter “the deep solidarity of Greece with the Belgian and European peoples. "Fear, religious rage and racism should not predominate in Europe," he added.

The explosions in Brussels are the result of "an attack on democratic Europe", added the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, while its Danish counterpart Lars Løkke Rasmussen denounced an "abject attack".

The President of the Swiss Confederation Johann Schneider-Ammann said he was “very touched by today's events in Brussels”. “Our thoughts to the victims and their families. "

Beyond the European borders, while Belgium has just joined the countries affected by this blind terrorism, the reactions underline that all countries must continue to fight together this deadly ideology.

On an official visit to Havana (Cuba), the first American leader to come since the Castro revolution, Barack Obama began his speech by calling on the world to “unite” in the face of those who “threaten the security” of peoples around the world. "We will do everything we can to support our friends and allies," said the American president to express the support of the United States for Belgium. "We must be together, beyond nationalities, races or religions, to fight the scourge of terrorism, ”said Barack Obama.

In Moscow, the president Vladimir Putin considered that "terrorism knows no borders", advocating "the most active international cooperation". He expressed his condolences to King Philippe, condemning an act of barbarism "which cannot be explained and once again demonstrates that terrorism knows no borders and represents a global threat"

Hossein Jaber Ansari, the spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, called for a "global reaction against this harmful phenomenon and the political and financial centers which (it) support" terrorism.

Pakistani Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif reacted, too, believing that "terrorism is not a threat for a single country or a single nation but for the whole of humanity" and "that it is high time that this threat was fought collectively for safeguarding our future generations ”.

Nathanael Bechdolff

See also:

- Attacks in Brussels on March 22, what happened in the center of Europe?
- Attacks in Brussels: reactions from religious communities
- DIRECT Brussels / Multiple explosions this Tuesday March 22 in the morning at the airport and in the metro

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