Kenyatta condemns Paris terrorists as ‘common enemy to all of humanity’

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta
President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo: Day Donaldson)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a statement following the Paris Terrorist attacks on Friday night which left at least 129 people dead in seven co-ordinated attacks across the city.

Along with other politicians, he condemned the attacks, referring to the Islamic State as a common enemy to all of humanity.

Making his statement just hours after terrorists stormed the streets of Paris, he said the government of Kenya stood with France at a moment in which our common humanity has been attacked in Paris by terrorists, and innocent civilians murdered in cold blood.

The Kenyan president also said the world could apply lessons learned by Kenya in its fight against terrorists. Referring to Kenya’s attacks as a “similar outrage,” Kenyatta recommended “the attacks in Paris must be met with the strongest action by our security forces.”

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel also expressed similar sentiments, saying the terrorist attack in Paris was aimed at all of humanity, not just France.

You can read his statement in full below.

Today, as in the years past, the people and the government of Kenya stand with France at a moment in which our common humanity has been attacked in Paris by terrorists, and innocent civilians murdered in cold blood. We send the families, friends and compatriots of those murdered our heartfelt condolences.

As a nation that has suffered similar outrage, we understand that the attacks in Paris must be met with the strongest action by our security forces. Kenya stands ready to offer every assistance possible in this regard, and indeed we will continue to relentlessly prosecute our war against terrorist groups and their support networks.

Beyond the critical security interventions being made presently by the brave soldiers of France, I urge all Kenyans and indeed the entire global community to stand up and loudly rededicate ourselves to the common values all civilised people hold.

The French made famous the call for ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité’, which reflects the common values that Kenyans share with them, and that are under attack by terrorists in Paris and across the world. These enemies of humanity reject the value that one’s liberty should never be a right to harm others. They reject democratic constitutions and the equality of all, regardless of their faith, in the rule of law, opting instead for a perversion of faith and attempt to justify the murder of innocents. They repudiate the embrace of diverse beliefs and cultures in a common humanity, preferring narrow, intolerant and hateful identities.

Despite yesterday’s attacks in Paris, we reaffirm the democratic values that the French people have so bravely inspired the world to embrace. We stand with them, in sorrow for their losses, but also with resolve to join them in fighting terrorist organisations and networks until democracy and liberty can be free from their evil threat.

President Uhuru Kenyatta

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