World leaders collectively condemned the carnage in Brussels and vowed to combat terrorism, after Islamic State bombers killed around 35 people in a strike at the symbolic heart of the EU.
US President Barack Obama branded the attacks “outrageous”.
“We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism. We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world,” he said in Havana
Global landmarks from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate were lit up in the black, yellow and red of the Belgian national flag in solidarity.
Across the continent, leaders characterized the blasts as a blow aimed at a keystone of European peace, with the continent already on edge after a wave of Islamic State violence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said “(They) demonstrate once again that terrorism has no borders and threatens people around the world. Fighting this evil calls for the most active international cooperation.”
“Our Union’s capital is under attack. We mourn the dead and pledge to conquer terror through democracy,” the Greek foreign ministry said on Twitter.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday condemned terrorist attacks in Belgium’s capital of Brussels, saying the “abhorrent” attacks only deepened the resolve to defeat terrorism.
“Our thoughts are with all those in Brussels, including the injured and the loved one of those who were killed, and with the first responders and security personnel who are working tirelessly to keep Brussels safe,” Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying.
Kerry said he has talked to Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, noting that the US will stand firmly with Belgium and with all of Europe in the face of this tragedy.
“Attacks like these only deepen our share resolve to defeat terrorism around the world,” Kerry said.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi government on Tuesday strongly condemned the bomb attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels which killed at least 34 people and injured more than 100.
Iraqi President Fuad Masoum said “Iraq strongly condemns such criminal act and expresses its deep solidarity with the friendly government and people of Belgium.”
Masoum also called for “the strengthening of cooperation between different countries at all levels, in a way that could halt the growth of terrorism and eliminate their hotbeds and their means of support”.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said “the increase of criminal activities for terrorist groups in European countries calls for the international community to exert more efforts to eliminate the terrorists’ hotbeds and their recruitment and training centers in the areas that are under their (terrorists) control in Iraq and Syria.”