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Paris attacks: Shock across the world

BEIRUT |, with agencies - November 14, 2015, 09h53

Across the world, leaders have responded with shock and pledges of solidarity for France after attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people late Friday.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt have been among the Arab states leading condemnations.

A Saudi foreign ministry source said the kingdom “strongly denounces the terror explosions,” and urged for global solidarity.

The statement added: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recalls that it has previously underscored the importance of the world community stand united to double its effort to root out this dangerous and destructive plague which targets the security and stability of the entire world.”

The source added that an effective means for joint international action was needed to fight those who sought "to harm global security under any pretext."

United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a telegram to French President Francois Hollande offering his condolences and pledging support for France, the state-run WAM news agency says.

Al Nahyan also supported doing "what it takes to face terrorism and eliminate it," WAM added.

Kuwait ruler, emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, says in a statement that he offered his condolences, while stressing that "these criminal acts of terrorism ... run counter to all teachings of holy faith and humanitarian values."

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have condemned the “despicable" terrorist attacks, and Mr. Ban has demanded the immediate release of the numerous individuals reportedly being held hostage in the Bataclan theatre.

U.S. President Barack Obama voiced his support in messages to French President Francois Hollande.

"Once again we've seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians," said Obama.

"We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and the people of France need, Those who think that they can terrorise the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong," Obama added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his deep condolences to Hollande and all the people of France following the "horrible terrorist attacks in Paris", the Kremlin said in a statement.

"Russia strongly condemns this inhumane killing and is ready to provide any and all assistance to investigate these terrorist crimes."

Kerry is describing the attacks in Paris as "heinous, evil" and "vile," calling them "an assault on our common humanity."

US Secretary John Kerry says the U.S. embassy in Paris is "making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the city."

He says the U.S. stands ready "to provide whatever support the French government may require."

German chancellor Angela Merkel says she is "deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris."

The German leader issued a statement saying her thoughts were with the victims "of the apparent terrorist attack."

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has sent a message to French President Francois Hollande condemning the terror attacks in Paris that killed over 120 people.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Rouhani as saying Saturday that Iran "itself has been a victim of the scourge of terrorism" and the fight against terrorism must go on.

Rouhani also canceled visits to France and Italy, due in a few days. France was one of the world powers involved in recent negotiations with the Islamic Republic over its contested nuclear program.

Hossein Jaber Ansari, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, also was quoted by IRNA as saying: "Those terrorist groups that committed the Paris crimes do not believe in ethical principles and they are not loyal to any type of divine religions — including Islam."

British Prime Minister James Cameron says he is "shocked" by the Paris attacks and violence.

Cameron said on Twitter: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered his condolences after the attacks, calling for "a consensus of the international community against terrorism".

"As a country that knows very well the manner and consequences of terrorism, we understand perfectly the suffering that France is experiencing now," he said in a short televised statement.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei says China is "deeply shocked" by the attacks and pledged solidarity with France in combating terrorism.

"Terrorism is a common challenge facing humanity. China resolutely supports France in maintaining its national security and stability and in attacking terrorism," Hong said.

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says he is "deeply shocked and outraged" by the news of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Kishida, speaking to reporters Saturday in Hiroshima, said Japan stands by France, promising to cooperate in international fight against terrorism.

"We strongly condemn the act of terrorism, which we do not tolerate for any reason," he said, expressing condolences to the victims and their families.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday it was too soon to say whether the deadly attacks in Paris would prompt him to reconsider his pledge to withdraw Canada from airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

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