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World leaders condemn UK Parliament attack

News Agencies | Updated on: 23 March 2017, 8:32 IST

In the wake of the unfortunate terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday, political leaders across the world have come forward and condemned the incident in strong words.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "sick and depraved."

May praised the "exceptional bravery of the police and the security services, who ran towards the danger as they encouraged others to move away." She also paid tribute to Palmer.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said London "remains one of the safest in the world," despite today's terror attack

"London is the greatest city in the world," Khan said in a video statement.

"We stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have and we always will. Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."U.S. President Donald Trump offered his condolences during a call to Prime Minister Theresa May, the White House said.

He also pledged "full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice."

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed condolence to the victims and their families."On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. 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," a statement from Tillerson's office said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned the attack. He said he was shocked and saddened to learn of the innocent people who were killed and injured as a result of this cowardly attack.

"Canada and the UK are the closest of friends and allies. Our friendship is based on shared values and history - indeed, Canada's parliament is a descendant of the chamber targeted this morning. Today's attack on the UK parliament is an attack on democracies around the world. The Canadian parliament withstood a similar attack not so long ago by those who sought to instil fear and divide Canadians against themselves. Instead, Canadians came together. I am confident the British people will do the same, and will emerge from their grief stronger and more united than ever before," he added.

Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, India, also showed solidarity with London.

Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, also released a statement."Today, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors, and people of the United Kingdom. The American people share in the outrage and horror at this brutal terrorist attack in London," the statement read.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, also issued a statement.

"Our thanks and gratitude go to the police and emergency services who responded so bravely, and to those - including the MP Tobias Ellwood - who went to the aid of the injured and dying. This was not only an attack on innocent people. It was also an attack on our democracy. But I know that Londoners and people across the country will stand together in defence of our values and diversity," the statement read.

Gordon Brown, former U.K. prime minister, and Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, also paid their condolences.

The Members of Parliament and members of the House of Lords have been paying tribute to Keith Palmer, the officer who was stabbed to death by the attacker, as well as his colleagues who guard the Parliamentary estate.


First published: 23 March 2017, 8:32 IST