Messages of support from leaders to Belgium

Messages of support from leaders to Belgium

Athens, March 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The new terrorist attack that took place in Brussels, brought reactions from the political system of Europe (and beyond), with many European leaders taking a position with their statements.

The Greek Prime minister posted on Twitter: “We express the solidarity of Greece to the Belgian People. Fear, religious hatred and racism must not beat Europe”.

The Turkish Prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemned Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels. “I curse the attacks that took place this morning in Brussels, once again showing the global face of terrorism; I express condolences to the Belgian government and people, and wish to share feelings of solidarity on behalf of our nation”, Davutoglu said.

The Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades wrote on his behalf: Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Belgium and with the families of those killed or injured by the heinous terrorist attacks.

The Belgian Minister Charles Michel, warned citizens to avoid any transportation, either by public transport or by any other means. Specifically, the message posted on Twitter said: “For now, we’re asking people to avoid any transportation”.

The Swedish Prime minister Stefan Lofven also made a statement, noting that the current attack is an “attack against the democratic Europe. We will never accept terrorists attacking our open societies”.

The Prime minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, posted a message on Twitter, stressing that is a “heinous attack” and added that “my thoughts are with the victims and their families. We stand on Brussels’ side”.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzo for his part, wanted to express support to the Belgian residents, writing on Twitter that “the heart and our thoughts are in Brussels”, while former European Commission President Romano Prodi said that “there is no doubt that this is a warning, addressed to the European institutions. Terrorism, unfortunately, functions choosing certain symbols”.