World leaders condemn Sri Lanka attacks

NEW DELHI/LONDON/DIMAPUR, APR 21 (AGENCIES/NPN) | Publish Date: 4/21/2019 12:14:01 PM IST

Countries from across the globe, including India, US, UK, Russia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh expressed shock and condemnation over the deadly blasts at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that left over 200 people dead.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up the president and the premier of Sri Lanka and conveyed heartfelt condolences over the loss of over 200 lives in terrorist attacks in the island nation on Sunday.

Modi condemned the serial terrorist attacks in the strongest terms, perpetrated at sites including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Describing the attacks as “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts”, Modi said these attacks were another grim reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind in a tweet said, “Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in a civilised society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka”.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday offered “heartfelt condolences” to the people of Sri Lanka.

“Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels... We stand ready to help!,” Trump tweeted.

British Prime Minister Theresa May described the attacks as “truly appalling”. “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,” she tweeted.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was thinking of those killed in a “horrific terrorist attack”. “To the beautiful people of Sri Lanka, Australia sends its heartfelt sympathies and our prayers and our support - and our offer to do whatever we can to support you in this terrible time of need,” he said in a statement.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attack as “devastating”. “New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism, and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on the 15th of March. To see an attack in Sri Lanka while people were in churches and at hotels is devastating”.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also strongly condemned the barbaric attacks. “Strongly condemn the horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief,” he tweeted.

Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli  and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also condemned and expressed deep concern over the explosions which took place on Sunday morning.

European leaders-- German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also expressed horror at the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, German Chancellor Angel Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, all condemned the attacks. Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates all issued statements via their foreign ministries condemning the attack. 

The UN leadership also strongly condemned the string of attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that killed over 200 people, with chief of the world body Antonio Guterres saying he was “outraged” by the devastating blasts.

In a statement issued by his spokesman Stephane Dujarric, UN Secretary-General Guterres said he was “outraged by the terrorist attacks” on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, which is a “sacred day” for Christians around the world.

UN’s Resident Coordinator for the Indian Ocean island Hanaa Singer, President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa also condemned the dastardly attack also expressed her “deep sadness” over the blasts.

Pope Francis, in his Easter Address outside St Peter’s in Rome, expressed his “affectionate closeness” for the Christian community in Sri Lanka which had been struck while gathering for one of its biggest celebrations of the year, and said his thoughts were with “all the victims of such cruel violence”. 

Meanwhile, the Presbyterian Church of India (PCI) conveyed heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved and also prayed to Almighty for comfort and strength, healing and recovery of the injured. 

PCI Senior administrative secretary, G.S. Lyttan also urged upon the Sri Lankan government to do its very best to stop further heinous and dastardly acts and that it should not escalate and spread like a contagious disease.

CM, NNC condemn

CM: Nagaland chief minister Sunday vehemently condemned attack on churches and hotels killing innocent lives in Sri Lanka.  “I am shocked and saddened by news of bombings in hotels and churches in #SriLanka. I condemn this heinous act of mindless violence, targeting innocent people and worshippers attending #EasterSunday service. My thoughts and prayers for all those affected,” Rio tweeted.

NNC: Naga National Council (Parent Body) also condemned the blasts in Churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the most significance day of “our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection for Christianity in the entire world.”

NNC information & publicity wing termed it as an attack on the whole of Christianity across the world, particularly on the most important and meaningful Sunday for the entire people of the world.

“This dastardly and cowardly attack of Christianity is at the highest degree of wickedness in the world,” it stated.

NCC called upon the people across the world to condemn such wicked attack on Christianity and the entire believers in particular. Taking note of similar attacks in different parts of the world, the council maintained that Christians across the globe “must not remain silent now, but stand unitedly to defend and protect Christianity.”

Conveying deepest condolences and prayer to the bereaved families and prayer of recovery to the injured people, NNC prayed that “our living God bless and strengthen His Church and believers in the world.”

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