The world stood united behind France on Friday following a series of terror attacks in Paris where gunmen killed at least 128 people, with heads of state from across the globe condemning the tragedy and pledging their assistance in bringing those behind it to justice.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was scheduled to land in France for a state visit on Sunday before going on to Italy but has now reportedly canceled the trip, sent a message to his French counterpart Francois Hollande calling the attacks “crimes against humanity,” the news agencies of both countries reported.
Hollande also received a phone call from U.S. President Barack Obama, who “reiterated the United States’ steadfast, unwavering support for the people of France, our oldest ally and friend.” He also offered any necessary support for the French investigation of the attacks, according to the White House.
“This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” Obama had earlier said in a statement.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also pledged to help France and other nations combat terrorism in a phone call to Hollande, Reuters reported, while strongly condemning Friday’s attacks.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi — currently in the U.K. on a three-day official visit — expressed his condolences on Twitter, as did his British and Canadian counterparts David Cameron and Justin Trudeau respectively.
Condolence and support from other global leaders, including those of countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, continued to pour in during the early hours of Saturday.
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