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Slovakia sends condolences to France

SLOVAK officials have sent their condolences to France over the deadly attack at the Charlie Hebdo editorial office in Paris on January 7.

SLOVAK officials have sent their condolences to France over the deadly attack at the Charlie Hebdo editorial office in Paris on January 7.

The shooting which saw gunmen screaming “Allahu akbar” in Arabic (“God is great”) at the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris cost the lives of at least 12 people. It is speculated that the attack may have been related to the recent release of a cartoon portraying Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Charlie Hebdo’s Twitter account, the TASR newswire reported.

“I’m shocked by the cold-bloodedness of this act, which has caused so many lives to be lost,” President Andrej Kiska wrote in a telegram of condolence sent to his French counterpart Francois Hollande, as quoted by TASR. “In the name of the Slovak people and in my own name, I express my sincere sympathy to the bereaved. Your Excellence, please accept this expression of my deep respect.”

Prime Minister Robert Fico condemned the attack, calling it a barbaric act.

“My thoughts belong to the French people in these moments,” Fico stated in a written statement, as quoted by TASR. “I want to express the belief that the perpetrators will be arrested and punished. This event also shows the shakiness of the world we are living in. This makes it even more urgent for countries with stable democratic governments to be able to deal adequately and efficiently with such threats.”

Also the Foreign Affairs Ministry expressed sympathy with France’s citizens, especially the mourners. It condemned this outrageous and senseless deed, as well as all acts aimed against media and the freedom of speech which is a basis of every democratic society, as reported by TASR.

“With a great shock and grief I was caught by the news about the remorseless terrorist attack,” Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák wrote in the telegram of condolence sent to his French counterpart Laurent Fabius. “Let me express my sympathy and also express solidarity with the French government in fight against terrorism, extremism and all other expressions of intolerance.”

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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