Leaders react to terror in London’s heart

Tributes from world leaders are flowing following an attack near London’s Westminster Palace, which has left four people dead, including a police officer and the alleged assailant, and at least 20 people hurt.

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*In a late night statement after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee British Prime Minister Theresa May said “we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

* US President Donald Trump, in a call to May, offered his condolences and pledged “the full cooperation and support” of the US government, the White House said in a statement.

* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Our thoughts are with the victims of today’s attack in London and their families. Canadians remain united with the people of the UK.”

* German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an emailed statement said: “Although the background to these incidents still needs to be exactly clarified, I confirm on behalf of Germany and its citizens that we stand firmly and resolutely by Britain’s side when it comes to fighting any kind of terrorism.”

* Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Twitter: “Australia stands in resolute solidarity with the people of Britain in the war against terrorism.”

* Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten tweeted: “This shocking crime, designed to weaken the U.K., will only make her stronger. All Australians stand with Britain today.”

* Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “We don’t split terrorism into categories; we consider it as absolute evil. At this moment, as always, our hearts are together with the British people, we feel their pain and speak again about the need to confront that evil.”

*French President Francois Hollande said: “France, which has been struck so hard lately, knows what the British people are suffering today.”

Hollande added that countries “must bring all the conditions to answer these attacks” and that “it is clear that it is at the European level, and even beyond that, that we must organise ourselves”.

* Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said: “Shocked at attack on London. Yesterday I spent the day at Westminster. Luckily not today. London’s Parliament is the mother of democracy!”