Middle Eastern leaders react to Paris attacks

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris killing more than 120 people, world leaders have expressed their condolences, and condemnation of the attacks.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani who was scheduled to land in France for a state visit on Sunday, told his French counterpart in a message that the attacks were “crimes against humanity”.

On the other side of the Persian Gulf, the United Arab Emirates sent a telegram to the French president Francois Hollande, saying the Emirati Emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, supported doing “whatever it takes to face terrorism and eliminate it”.

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia also condemned the attacks, and vowed to fight terrorism. Kuwait said in a statement that the attacks contradict Islamic teachings.

The Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, also expressed his condolences following the attack. The French president was supposed to fly to Turkey for a G-20 meeting, a trip which now has been cancelled. Davutoglu said his country stands “shoulder-to-shoulder” with both France and Lebanon.

The Jordanian King Abdullah II expressed strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks, and solidarity with the French people.

The Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al Sisi also expressed his condolences and condemned the attacks. Sisi also called for “concerted international efforts” to defeat terrorism.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was also quick to condemn the attacks, and express his solidarity and condolences to the victims’ relatives