President Klaus Iohannis voiced his “deep regret” for the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks that left dozens dead and wounded in France, Tunisia and Kuwait.”I am expressing my deep regret for the victims of today’s terrorist attacks. These attacks show us terrorism is a real threat, which we must face firm and united. Romania is solidary with the world states in the fight against terrorism and will continue to get involved in fighting this phenomenon,” the President wrote on his Facebook page.
Prime Minister Victor Ponta expressed on Friday his outrage at the attack in Isere and his support to France.
“Deep indignation after attack in Isere. Support to France in these moments of antiterrorist mobilization,” Ponta wrote on Twitter, in French.
From Turkey, where he has been recovering after the knee surgery, prime Minister Victor Ponta has also condemned on Friday the attack in Tunisia and expressed solidarity with this country.
“Firm condemnation of terrorist attack in Tunisia. Solidarity with Tunisia and condolences to the families of victims”, Ponta wrote on Twitter, in French.
At least 27 persons, among them foreign tourists, were killed on Friday by an armed man who opened fire in a hotel in the Sousse resort, the Tunisian Interior Ministry announced, as quoted by Reuters and AFP.
“It is a terrorist attack on the Marhaba Hotel in Sousse. The victim tally has gone up. The attacker was killed”, said for the national TV station the spokesperson of the Ministry, Mohamed Ali Aroui. A previous tally announced seven dead.
The attack in Sousse has not been claimed by any terrorist organization until now, but Islamic jihadis have attacked tourist areas in Northern Africa in the past; they considering these to be legitimate targets because of their openness towards the Western way of life and tolerance towards alcohol consumption, Agerpres informs.
ForMin Aurescu: France attack tragically shows need to enhance global efforts against terror
Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu “firmly” condemned the terrorist attack in Isere, France on Friday, stressing that it “tragically” shows the need to enhance the global efforts of acting against terror.
“I firmly condemn the terrorist attack committed in Isere this morning. We are sympathetic to our French friends. (…) The attack in Isere tragically shows the imperative need of enhancing the global efforts for acting against terror, preventing and discouraging it. We need a Court against Terrorism,” Aurescu says in a message posted on the foreign ministry’s Twitter account.
A person was killed and several injured in a probably jihadi attack against a factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon (central-eastern France), concordant sources are quoted by the AFP as saying.
The assailant rammed a car into the company premises, exploding gas containers, said a source close to the file.
MAE: No information until now that Romanian citizens were affected by Tunisia attacks
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) has announced that it has started, “in emergency regime”, demarches with the competent Tunisian authorities in order to receive additional information and it mentions, in this context, that “until this moment there is no information” according to which Romanian citizens were affected by the attacks in Tunisia, a press release remitted on Friday to Agerpres shows.
“Following the attack that took place today, June 26, 2015, near Sousse in Tunisia, the Romanian Embassy in Tunis has started, in emergency regime, the legal demarches with the competent Tunisian authorities in order to obtain additional information and to check if among the victims of the attack there were Romanian citizens. Until this time there is no information according to which Romanian citizens were affected following this attack,” the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentions.
According to the quoted source, checks are underway, the diplomatic mission being in permanent contact with local authorities and being prepared to offer specialty consular assistance, within its legal attributions, if the situation demands it.
“The Romanian Embassy in Tunis has received no consular assistance request until this time”, MAE adds.