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All of us targets: Al-Jarallah

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 16, (Agencies): Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said that the series of terror attacks that rocked the French capital Friday have proved that terrorism is a global phenomenon and innocent people anywhere are targets for terrorists. “Paris terror attacks vindicated our conviction that all of us are targeted and that terrorism is a global phenomenon,” Al-Jarallah said in a statement to reporters on the sidelines of his participation in the Palestinian Embassy’s celebration of the Independence Day.

“The world is in an open war with terrorism and that war will not stop till defeating it.” He pointed out that Kuwait has expressed its heartfelt sympathy over the tragedy and solidarity with the friendly country France. “Such attacks will only increase French people’s resolute and determination on combating terrorism,” Al- Jarallah said. He recalled that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al- Sabah and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud have underlined the need to intensify international efforts to eradicate terrorism in their cables to the French President Francois Hollande following the attacks.

Elsewhere, Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday said fighting extremism was an “international responsibility”, two days after gun and bomb attacks killed at least 129 people in Paris. “Terrorist groups… threaten many countries in the region and beyond, which makes confronting extremism a shared regional and international responsibility,” he said as he opened a new session of parliament. “However, this collective responsibility, in its essence, is our fight as Muslims against those who aim to turn our societies and future generations towards fanaticism and extremism,” he said.

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed Friday night’s attacks in the French capital. Jordan — like France — is a member of the US-led coalition battling IS, which controls swathes of land in its neighbours Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the Great Pyramid in Egypt was bathed Sunday in French, Lebanese and Russian colours in homage to the victims of attacks in Paris and Beirut and the Sinai plane crash.

The Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world still standing, was illuminated by projectors reproducing the flags of France and Russia and the green cedar of Lebanon. Young Egyptians were staging an overnight candle-lit vigil at the foot of the more than 4,500-year-old giant monument on the Giza plateau on the outskirts of Cairo. In Dubai, meanwhile, the world’s tallest building the Burj al-Khalifa was lit up Sunday in the colours of the French national flag. Elsewhere in the Gulf, Kuwait City’s landmark towers were also illuminated in the red, white and blue of France.

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