Armenia Condemns Terrorist Attack In UK


YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenia has joined in the global chorus of condemnation of the terrorist attack in the United Kingdom that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured dozens.

A suicide bomber struck at an American pop star’s concert in Manchester Arena attended by thousands of people, including teenagers. According to reports, there are also children among the victims.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan sent a letter of condolences to British Prime Minister Theresa May today, showing Armenia’s solidarity with the UK.

“At this grave moment of loss, I express my support to you, the friendly people of the United Kingdom and the families of the victims, wishing fortitude and resolve, and a speedy recovery to the wounded,” the Armenian leader wrote, according to his press office.

“Armenia strongly condemns such inhumane acts and is determined to continue, through the joint efforts, to fight against violence and terror,” Sargsyan underscored.

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian also expressed Armenia’s strong condemnation of the Manchester bombing as he held a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini after the latest session of the Armenia-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels.

Manchester is the city where many know Armenia through its soccer star, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who plays for the local club, Manchester United.

In a Twitter post Mkhitaryan wrote: “Stay strong, Manchester! My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by last night’s horrible attack.”