Hariri Sends Letter to May Condemning Terrorist Attack in London

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) gives a press conference after meeting with Emmanuel Macron (UNSEEN), an independent candidate in France's presidential election in April, at the government palace in Beirut on January 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EID

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday sent a letter to British Prime Minister Theresa May in which he condemned the terrorist attack that targeted London on Wednesday, and expressed his condolences.

“It is with deep shock and utter sorrow that we received the news of the terrorist attack that struck the heart of London on Wednesday… On behalf of the Lebanese Government, allow me to offer my sincere condolences and my deepest sympathy to you, to the British Government and people and to the families of the victims,” says Hariri in the letter, according to an English-language statement distributed by his office.

“Words are not enough to express our severe condemnation of such horrific crimes, which are incompatible with all religious values and violate the most basic moral and human principles. The assault on Westminster, home of British democracy, is a blatant onslaught on the values cherished by the free and enlightened world,” Hariri added.

“That is why we urge all states to establish an effective international cooperation mechanism to meet the challenges of the spread of terrorism, which now crosses the borders of the safest and strongest nations and affects the whole of humanity.

At this hour of tragedy, I would like to stress that we stand resolutely by the United Kingdom in its fight against terrorism and convey our solidarity with the victims and injured who fell,” he went on to say.

Four people were killed in the Islamist State-claimed attack outside parliament in London when a British-born assailant rammed his car into pedestrians then stabbed a police officer before being shot dead.

At least 50 people were wounded, including tourists from 12 different countries. One person is fighting for their life and two are in critical condition.