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GCC FMs condemn Paris attacks, express solidarity

RIYADH, Nov 17, (Agencies): GCC Foreign Ministers condemned on Tuesday “in the strongest terms” the multiple terrorist attacks perpetrated by the so-called IS in Paris last Friday, leaving in their wake scores of dead and injured people. In a press statement, GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al- Zayyani said the GCC foreign ministers, attending a meeting here, expressed their countries’ support for the friendly nation of France and its people at this stressful time.

The foreign ministers said that what happened in Paris imbued France and the whole world with more determination to continue fighting terrorism and its tentacles of nefarious organizations that defy human civilization, said Al-Zayyani. The IS had announced earlier it had sponsored the Paris attacks at a number of restaurants, cafes, a stadium, and a music concert hall causing the death of 129 people and injury to 352 others. The GCC includes the Sunni-dominated countries of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman.

Since September 2014, French warplanes based in the Gulf have been flying missions against the Sunni extremist Islamic State group in Iraq. France extended its attacks on IS to Syria in September this year. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE also carried out air strikes against IS in Syria as part of a United States-led coalition, although their participation in that campaign diminished after a Saudi-led alliance in March began bombing Iran backed rebels in Yemen.

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