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Obama to Netanyahu: World leaders condemn dastardly terror attacks in Paris

In a telegram to French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks were “the latest testimonial to the barbaric essence of terrorism which throws down a challenge to human civilization.” “It’s obvious that an effective fight against this evil demands a real unity of the forces of the international community. I would […]

[caption id="attachment_2557970" align="alignnone" width="840"]Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russian President Vladimir Putin.[/caption] In a telegram to French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks were "the latest testimonial to the barbaric essence of terrorism which throws down a challenge to human civilization." "It's obvious that an effective fight against this evil demands a real unity of the forces of the international community. I would like to confirm the readiness of Russia for the closest cooperation with our French partners in investigating the crime that took place in Paris." "In this difficult time for France, I ask you to pass along words of sincere sympathy and support to the relatives and those near to those who were killed and wishes for a fast recovery to all those who were hurt at the hands of extremists."

[caption id="attachment_2557972" align="alignnone" width="840"] US President Barack Obama[/caption] US President Barack Obama called the attacks on Paris "outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians" and  vowed to do whatever it takes to help bring the perpetrators to justice. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said he would not speculate about who was responsible. He called the attacks a "heartbreaking situation" and an "attack on all of humanity."

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has condemned the Paris attacks and is conveying condolences to the victims. A statement from his office called for "concerted international efforts" to combat "the scourge of terrorism, which aims to destabilize security and stability in various parts of the world, without distinction."

Britain Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "shocked" by the Paris attacks and violence. Cameron said on Twitter: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help."

"Our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to our French cousins in this dark and terrible time," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. He said Canada has offered "all of our help and support to the government of France."

"We stand united in strongly condemning the dreadful acts of terrorism in Paris… The entire humanity must stand together as one against terrorism," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. "The need for a united global effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent,” he added.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned "the despicable terrorist attacks" in Paris. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Ban "trusts that the French authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly." The UN Security Council also condemned "the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attacks," and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of "these terrorist acts to justice."

As a nation that has suffered from terror attacks, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey shares the pain felt by France. Erdogan, who is hosting G-20 leaders at a summit meeting that began on Sunday, said the attacks were aimed at the two countries' "peace and security," and he called for unity against all terror groups.

The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as saying that Iran "itself has been a victim of the scourge of terrorism" and the fight against terrorism must go on. Rouhani also cancelled visits to France and Italy, due in a few days. France was one of the world powers involved in recent negotiations with the Islamic Republic over its contested nuclear program. Hossein Jaber Ansari, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, also was quoted by IRNA as saying: "Those terrorist groups that committed the Paris crimes do not believe in ethical principles and they are not loyal to any type of divine religions — including Islam."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris." The German leader issued a statement saying her thoughts were with the victims "of the apparent terrorist attack."

Jordan's King Abdullah II "expressed strong condemnation and indignation at the cowardly terrorist act," and solidarity with the French people, in a statement published by state news agency Petra.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says in a statement "Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with French President Francois Hollande and with the people of France in our common battle against terrorism."

US Secretary of State Jogn Kerry is describing the attacks in Paris as "heinous, evil" and "vile," calling them "an assault on our common humanity." Kerry says the US embassy in Paris is "making every effort to account for the welfare of American citizens in the city." He says the US stands ready "to provide whatever support the French government may require."