International Condemnation of Baghdad Attacks: Diplomats

International Condemnation of Baghdad Attacks: Diplomats

The outcry of international condemnation against yesterday’s lethal bombing that killed 38 and wounded over 100 persons in Baghdad has been immense.

World leaders from Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Kurdistan, Egypt, Turkey, have reached out with strong anger and deep condolence over the unnecessary suffering caused by the militant aggression.

All committed to helping Iraqi citizens and their leaders unite to rebuild their country and strengthen their security.

United Nations Secretary-General, António Gutierrez, has condemned the two terrorist attacks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, underscoring the organization’s support for the country in its fight against terrorism.

In a statement, he said, "UN will continue to stand by the Government and people of Iraq in their efforts to fight terrorism and rebuild their country."

Jan Kubiš, Special Representative for Iraq and head of the UN Assistance Mission in the country, also denounced the attack and said "I urge greater vigilance by the authorities and unity among the Iraqi people to thwart the aims of terrorists like Da’esh who seek to derail the country’s recovery after a long conflict."

 “This ghastly and cowardly twin suicide bombing indiscriminately targeted a busy square in Baghdad during the morning rush hour with the sole purpose of inflicting maximum casualties among innocent civilians,” Mr. Kubiš said.

The European Union also extended its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the authorities of the country, reported spokeswoman, Catherine Ray

“Showing mutual solidarity and unity against violence is the best way to defeat terrorism fully and construct a brighter future for the country,” said Ray for the EU.  “At this critical crossroads in Iraq history, the EU reaffirms its continued commitment to stand by the Iraqis and their government to build a stable and peaceful Iraq,” she said.

Saudia Arabia denounced the attack and stated the Kingdom's “solidarity with the Republic of Iraq against terrorism and extremism.”

In a true poetic manner, Turkey’s foreign ministry stated, “We have learned with great sorrow that, many of our brothers have been killed and wounded in a twin terrorist attack perpetrated today (15 January) in Baghdad. We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack and convey our condolences to the friendly and brotherly people of Iraq, wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and speedy recovery to the wounded.”

The U.S. Consular office released a statement, that strongly condemned the suicide bombings … and sends “our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and join all of Iraq in mourning the loss of these innocent lives.”

The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi also received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who expressed his condolences to the PM and the Iraqi people for the criminal bombing targeting citizens, stressing the support of the United States and the international community for Iraq in enhancing security.

The PM shared his own denunciation or the attacks and sympathy for the families of the dead and injured.  He called on Monday (Jan 15) for the elimination of jihadist "sleeper cells" after a twin suicide bombing killed 38 people and injured 105 in Baghdad in the second such attack in three days.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of the Islamic State jihadist group.

The bombing comes after Abadi's government declared victory over Isis in December and as the country gears up for parliamentary elections.