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Arab Gulf states condemn Paris attack

Saudi Arabia on Saturday led Gulf states in condemning the gun and bomb attacks that have left more than 120 people dead in Paris

AFP , Saturday 14 Nov 2015
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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (Photo:Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia on Saturday led Gulf states in condemning the gun and bomb attacks that have left more than 120 people dead in Paris.

"I wanted to express our condolences to the government and people of France for the heinous terrorist attacks that took place yesterday which are in violation and contravention of all ethics, morals and religions," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, also condemned Friday night's attacks as "heinous crimes" and said that the UAE would "spare no effort... to fight terrorism in all its forms," state news agency WAM reported.

The Islamic State militant group claimed the attacks in a statement posted online Saturday.

The Qatari foreign ministry condemned the "armed attacks and bombings" in a statement cited by official agency QNA, saying they "contradict with all moral and humanitarian principles and values".

There were also condemnations from Bahrain and Kuwait, and from Abdellatif Zayani, the head of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which also includes Oman.

The Saudi foreign minister made his remarks in Vienna where he is attending international talks aimed at finding a solution to end the four year war in Syria, where IS holds swathes of territory.

Since September last year, French warplanes based at Al-Dhafra airbase near Abu Dhabi have been flying missions targeting IS in Iraq.

France extended its attacks on ISIS to Syria in September this year.

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