King calls for global efforts to eliminate terror

King calls for global efforts to eliminate terror

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman

RIYADH – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman strongly condemned the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.

The King also called for joint international efforts to confront and eliminate this dangerous scourge of terrorism which is condemned by all divine religions and international norms and conventions.

In a cable sent to King Philippe of Belgium, King Salman offered condolences over the death of innocent civilians in the attacks, the Saudi Press Agency reported. “We came to know with profound grief about the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels which resulted in deaths and injuries. While strongly condemn these criminal acts, and join in sharing the pain of Your Excellency and the people of Belgium. On behalf of the government and people of Saudi Arabia, we condole Your Excellency, the families of the victims and the brotherly people of Belgium.”

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, also sent similar cables of condolences to King Philippe.

The General Secretariat of Senior Scholars Commission condemned the terrorist attacks in Belgium, saying that the entire world must work together to fight terrorism whatever its source and wherever it targets.

The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Madani also condemned in the strictest terms the terrorist attacks at various locations in the Belgian capital on Tuesday morning.

Madani conveyed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Belgium and wished speedy recovery of the wounded.

The chief of the pan Islamic body reaffirmed the OIC’s unwavering solidarity and support to Belgium at this critical and painful time.

The secretary general expressed his firm rejection of these terrorist acts, which violate the sanctity of human life and reiterated OIC’s principled and consistent position in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He also called upon all governments across the world, international organizations and civil society institutions to engage in a concerted joint firm action to combat the scourge of terrorism which represents a serious threat to international peace and security.

Dr. Abdullatif Al-Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), also condemned the terrorist bombings in Brussels.

In a statement, Al-Zayani described the attacks as a horrendous crime that contradicts moral and humanitarian principles and values as well as international laws. The secretary general reiterated GCC states’ rejection of terrorism in all their forms and manifestations, stressing their support for the Belgian government in all the legal measures that it takes to tackle such criminal terrorist acts.