16 March 2019, 8:04 am

Sudan condemns Terrorist Attack in New Zealand

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned, in the strongest terms, the treacherous terrorist attacks on the worshipers in two mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 persons and injured many others. In a statement it issued Friday, the ministry called on the international community to take a firm stand against all practices of terrorism, extremism, Islamophobia, hate speech and populism as well as the racial and cultural arrogance. SUNA publishes an unofficial translation of the text of the statement as follows: The Government of Sudan and many countries of the world have received with the feelings of shock, astonishment and sadness the sceneries of the horrific and treacherous terrorist attacks on worshipers in two mosques in the capital of New Zealand, which have so far claimed forty-nine dead and many others wounded. This heinous crime, which was carried out in cold blood and livestreamed by the perpetrators, is a direct attack on all humanity and undermining of the best values the humanity has known throughout its history from the sanctity of blood, the right to life, freedom of belief and tolerance. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns, in the strongest terms, these treacherous attacks; it calls upon the international community to take a firm and decisive stand against all practices of terrorism, extremism, Islamophobia, hate speech, populism, racial and cultural arrogance and all threats to tolerance and co-existence between different religions, cultures and races as such practices constitute a serious threat to the international peace and security. The ministry also calls for taking the necessary measures to ensure the maintenance of sanctity, sacredness and protection of the places of worship anywhere. It also urges every possible effort to be made to arrest all perpetrators and to bring them to a fair and urgent trial, and to disclose all the dimensions and aspects of this heinous crime and those who stand behind it … in addition to taking the necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such abhorrent crimes and to ensure full respect for religions, the protection of freedom of worship and criminalization of the contempt of Creeds. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents sincere condolences to the families of the martyrs, pray to the Almighty Allah to heal them with His mercy.

SUNA