The diplomatic tension between several Muslim countries and France as a result of the measures against radical Islam decreed by French President Emmanuel Macron, following the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty executed by an extremist in a French municipality, seems to have been defused because of the brutal This Thursday’s attack in Nice. One of the biggest instigators of the protests against the French government over the measures has been the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who on Thursday showed his condolences to Paris. In a message, the Ankara Foreign Ministry has “harshly condemned” the knife attack that has killed at least three people. For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia has strongly criticized the “terrorist attack” in a statement and stressed that extremist acts “are contrary to all religions and human beliefs.” “We recall the importance of rejecting such practices that generate hatred, violence and extremism ”, says the note.
Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also expressed in a statement its “categorical rejection” of the attack in France, the third in just over a month, and has indicated that the terrorist attacks “contradict the teachings of all religions.” Likewise, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain have rejected in different messages “all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism, for whatever reasons”. Lebanese President Michel Aoun has expressed his rejection on his Twitter account. Other countries such as Kuwait and Jordan, in addition to Islamic institutions such as Al Ahzar, the Sunni body of reference in the Middle East, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which groups 57 countries, have demonstrated in the same direction, demarcating terrorist actions from the teachings of Islam.
A few hours after the attack, which the French Prosecutor’s Office is already investigating as a terrorist, the leaders of the community institutions have also expressed their condolences with the victims through their Twitter accounts: “All of Europe is with you”, the president of the European Council, Charles Michel.
For his part, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, has sent a message on Twitter to the victims as a show of solidarity: “We will continue to defend freedom, our democratic values, the peace and security of our citizens. United in the face of terror and hatred (…) My affection and solidarity with the victims of the attack perpetrated today at the doors of the Notre-Dame church in Nice. Nous Sommes Unis “. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown her” solidarity “with the neighboring country; and the Kremlin, through a statement, has said that it is” unacceptable “to kill, while considering it a mistake to attack religious feelings, in a reference also to the attack in which a teacher was beheaded after showing Muhammad cartoons in class. The attack this Thursday took place in a Catholic church, Notre Dame de Nice. The Vatican prays for the victims and it has said that terrorism and violence are always unacceptable.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also expressed her regret on Twitter: “I condemn the atrocious and brutal attack that just took place in Nice and I wholeheartedly support France. My thoughts are with the victims of this heinous act. All of Europe stands in solidarity with France. We remain united and determined in the face of barbarism and fanaticism ”, the German wrote. Josep Borrell, representative of community diplomacy, has declared to be dismayed by the events in Nice, as well as by the attack on a security guard of the French consulate in the city of Jeddah, in western Saudi Arabia, and on the other hand, frustrated this tomorrow in Avignon. “Together, in Europe and in the world, we will fight against hatred and terror.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also been “horrified” and assures that the United Kingdom remains “firm with France against terror and intolerance.”
The country is hit by terror again two weeks after a young man of radicalized Chechen origin beheaded a history teacher on the outskirts of Paris. The victim, Samuel Paty, had shown in a class some cartoons of Muhammad – the same ones that preceded the attack on the newsroom of Charlie hebdo in January 2015- to address the issue of freedom of expression.