KSA: Paris attacks a violation of all religions

Updated 16 November 2015
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KSA: Paris attacks a violation of all religions

RIYADH: United against the evil scourge of terrorism, the Kingdom on Saturday strongly denounced the heinous Paris attacks describing them as a violation of all religions.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman sent a message of condolence to President Francois Hollande.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the Saudi government and people to the bereaved families, the French government and people, wishing quick recovery to those injured in the attacks.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir described the Paris attacks as a violation of all religions and a brutal assault that underlines the need to further up the ante against terrorism by intensifying efforts to put the evil practice in check forever.
“I express our deep condolences to the government and the people of France for the heinous terrorist attacks which are in violation and contravention of all ethics, morals and religions,” Al-Jubeir told reporters in Vienna as he arrived there for talks on ending the Syrian civil war.
The ministry spokesman pointed out that Saudi Arabia always underscored the importance of collective international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and the need to root out this dangerous plague which targets global security and stability.
The Council of Senior Scholars denounced the heinous crime saying, “terrorism is contrary to the teachings of Islam and to the values of mercy it brought to the whole world.”
These terrorist attacks are strictly prohibited in Islam, it added.
Saudi Arabia has joined international efforts headed by the US to combat Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and has also worked with Washington in its battle against Al-Qaeda.
The Kingdom has itself been hit by a spate of deadly shooting and bomb attacks, many of them blamed on Daesh.


Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

Updated 58 min 43 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s Adel Al-Jubeir: ‘Terrorism has no religion or race’

  • Al-Jubeir says world stands united in solidarity with Muslims
  • Praised NZ's prime minister, government and people for the response to attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir said on Monday that the world stands united in solidarity with Muslims after the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand last week, which killed 50 people.

Taking to Twitter, Al-Jubeir also said that the incident proved that terrorism had "no religion or race."

He added: "New Zealand is a safe, peaceful and open country for all, and what the prime minister, the government and the people of New Zealand have done is proof of that."

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His statements follow condemnation of the attacks by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king was praised for his “strong and firm” response to Friday’s terrorist attack by Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Dr. Al-Othaimeen said: “The words of King Salman come as support for the OIC, its committees, institutions and administrations, to control and combat Islamophobia.”