UN chief expresses sorrow and solidarity following wave of terrorist attacks

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN File Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The UN Secretary-General has spoken with leaders in Kuwait and Tunisia to express his indignation following recent terrorist attacks in their countries.

Ban Ki-moon on Saturday telephoned the Emir of Kuwait to convey condolences to the families of those killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in the capital, Kuwait City.

In a separate call to the Tunisian President, Mr Ban offered the UN's support in helping the country combat terrorism.

Dianne Penn reports.

The attacks in Kuwait and Tunisia were part of a wave of terrorism that hit three continents on Friday.

In his conversation with the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, Mr Ban expressed his deepest indignation at the attacks on the Iman Sadiq Mosque which killed more than 30 people.

The Secretary-General was appalled that innocent civilians would be targeted in their place of worship, especially during the holy month of Ramadan. 

Mr Ban asked the Emir to convey his condolences to the families of the victims and his wishes for a speedy recovery for the wounded.

 In a separate call to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, the UN chief expressed his solidarity with the country's people and government following the bloody attack on a beach in the resort town of Sousse. 

Mr. Ban reiterated the UN's willingness to support Tunisia in combatting terrorism through capacity building projects.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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