ASTANA – Kazakhstan strongly condemns the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris and declares the unacceptability of terrorism in all its manifestations, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released early on the morning of Nov. 14.
“We express our deepest condolences to the French people, to the families and loved ones of innocent people killed in the attacks and wish recovery to the injured,” the statement said.
“Kazakhstan expresses firm support for the efforts of the international community under the auspices of the United Nations in the fight against terrorism and extremism and is convinced that only through the joint efforts of all humanity can we defeat this evil. One of the ways to achieve this goal could be the establishment of a global anti-terrorism network under UN auspices,” the statement also noted.
A series of gun and bomb attacks in Paris in the evening hours of Nov. 13, including at a Cambodian restaurant, a Belgian bar, near the Stade de France stadium where France and Germany were playing a friendly football match and at a concert by an American rock band at the Bataclan concert hall, led to the deaths of more than 150 people and the injuries of more than 120 others.
French President Francois Hollande immediately declared a state of emergency all over France and announced the sealing of French borders to stop the alleged perpetrators, those not eliminated during the hostage rescue operation at the Bataclan, where most of the casualties occurred, from leaving the country.
In Astana, Kazakh diplomats said there was no information about any casualties among its citizens and announced a hotline number at the country’s French embassy.