Africa Leaders Stand with France following Terrorists attacks in Paris



African leaders have sent messages of support and condolences to France after the deadly terrorists attacks that left at least 128 people dead and 300 wounded.

“Deeply shocked, deeply angered by these attacks. Any place on earth that is hit, we feel for them. Kenya obviously has been a victim of terror attacks from time to time and we feel solidarity with France,” said Manoah Esipisu, spokesperson for Kenya‘s President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“We know very well and our condolences and sincere sympathies go to the families,” Said Oryem Okello, Uganda‘s acting foreign minister “We know exactly what they’re going through and we wish them all the very best, we stand by them in this challenging time.”

Uganda has also been a victim of attacks, notably the bombing of a bar in Kampala during the 2010 World Cup which left 74 dead.

Tanzania‘s foreign minister Bernard Membe said that he had “total disbelief” when he learnt about the attack on Friday evening.

“It was a great shock and we condemn this most strongly, send our messages to the bereaved families, that our prayers are with them,” said Membe. “These terrorist attacks should not discourage the French government or any other government from taking action.”

General view of the scene with rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France

South Africa‘s government was also critical of the attacks.

“South Africa stands firmly with the rest of the international community in its condemnation of attacks targeting innocent civilians,” said Clayson Monyela, South Africa’s foreign affairs spokesman. “Terrorism in whatever form and from whatever quarter cannot be condoned.”

“This planned horror is a real crime against humanity,” Said Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Saturday in a message to French President Francois Hollande.

Algeria strongly condemns these terrorist crimes, which attest, unfortunately once more, to the fact that terrorism is a cross-border scourge,” he added.

“President Buhari totally condemns the barbaric attacks which constitute an unacceptable affront to all human values and civilized norms. As a country which has borne the terrible human cost of terrorist attacks, Nigeria stands in full solidarity with the government and people of France as they mourn those who have sadly lost their lives in the attack on Paris” Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement

The Sudanese government has condemned the deadly terrorist attacks that hit the French capital Paris on Friday night, saying they are “against all religious and human values”. Khartoum’s foreign ministry spokesperson Ali al-Sadiq said in a written statement that his country sends its condolences to the government and people of France and the families and relatives of the victims.
Al-Sadiq also underscored Sudan’s full solidarity with France and with the international community in supporting efforts exerted to combat violence and fundamentalism that runs against all norms and all religions and against all human values, as the traitorous hands were now targeting innocent people and spreading blind destruction around the world.
Ethiopia on Saturday condemned a series of terrorist attacks carried out in the French capital, on Friday night. On behalf of the government and People of Ethiopia, Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, on Saturday strongly condemned the terrorist attack and extended condolences to families of the victims
While deploring the attack and expressing condolences, Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom, underscored a need for more global concerted effort for the fight against terrorism.
“Our sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of the terror attack in Paris. Our solidarity with the people and government of France,” Adhanom said in a statement he wrote on his Face book page.
“The attack shows that no country is immune from terror attack. A comprehensive approach and effective coordination of our efforts to fight terrorism is more important than ever before,” he said.


– RFI             – AFP           – Today



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