World leaders reacted with condemnation and horror Tuesday over the deadly attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station in the Belgium capital Brussels that killed no less than 34 individuals and wounded more than 200.
Leaders across Europe took to twitter to react with outrage, urging closer counter-terror cooperation on a continent that has been on high alert for months.
“This is a day of tragedy, a black day,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said as he announced three days of national mourning following the “deadliest attacks we have ever seen in Belgium”.
He depicted the attacks as ‘blind, violent and cowardly’ but insisted Belgium would not be cowed. Belgian King Philippe also condemned the ‘cowardly and odious’ assault and said Belgium would ‘respond together with firmness, calmness and dignity’.
The 28 EU leaders issued a rare joint statement saying they would combat terrorism ‘with all necessary means’ after what they called ‘an attack on our open democratic society’.
“The entire of Europe has been hit,” said French President Francois Hollande, whose nation is as yet reeling from November’s dread assaults in Paris.
Hollande said, “Terrorists struck Brussels, but it was Europe that was targeted — and the entire world that is concerned.” Hollande also warned that ‘this war will be long,’ so sangfroid and lucidity are needed.
British Prime Minister David Cameron warned of the ‘very real’ terrorist threat faced by countries across Europe, declaring: ‘We will never left these terrorists win.’
US President Barack Obama said the US-led coalition will continue hitting Islamic State militants. “The thoughts and the prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium,” he said.
“We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people.” He said America would do whatever was necessary to find those responsible.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attacks have underlined the need to pool global efforts for combating terrorism. Putin spoke in televised remarks Tuesday as he met with visiting Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged Belgium’s prime minister Germany’s ‘full solidarity’ following the Brussels attacks and says her cabinet will discuss the bombings on Wednesday.
Members of the UN Security Council said in a statement it “condemned in the strongest terms” the attacks and “expressed their solidarity to Belgium in their fight against terrorism.”
The statements also said the council “reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”Follow @gorkhapost
PM Oli expands cabinet, 15 new ministers inducted
KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has has expanded the Cabinet inducting 15 new ministers from his party CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre), increasing the size of his Cabinet to 22 on Friday.With this, the cabinet led by PM Oli has been extended to 21 members.
Six lawmakers from CPN-UML and five from CPN Maoist Centre lawmakers have been inducted as Ministers to the Cabinet. Likewise, three lawmakers are included as Minister of State.
The newly appointed ministers and state ministers were administered the oath of office at President’s office in Sheetal Niwas, by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Niwas amid an official function.
The newly ministers are as follows :
Gokarna Bista – Minister for Labour and Employment
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – Minister for Foreign Affairs
Rabindra Adhikari – Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation
Jagat Bishwakarma – Minister for Youth and Sports
Sher Bahadur Tamang – Minister for Law
Raghubir Mahaseth – Minister for Physical Infrastructure Planning and Development
Gokul Baskota – State Minister for Information and Communication
Padma Kumari Aryal -State Minister for Health and Polulation
CPN Maoist Centre
Barsha Man Pun -Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Giriraj Mani Pokharel – Minister for Education
Shakti Basnet – Minister of Forestry
Chakrapani Khanal – Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
Bina Magar – Minister for Drinking Water
Ram Kumari Chaudhary – State Minister for Agriculture and Cooperatives
PM Oli, earlier in the second expansion of his Cabinet, had appointed CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Ram Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Home Affairs, CPN (Maoist Centre)’s Matrika Yadav as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, former governor Yabaraj Khatiwada as Minister for Finance, and CPN-UML’s Ishwor Pokharel as Defence Minister.Follow @gorkhapost