September 24, 2001 12:00 PM

Pope John Paul II

Commending the victims to almighty God’s mercy, I implore His strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors. I beg God to sustain you and the American people in this hour of suffering and trial.

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

Vladimir Putin

Today’s events in the United States transcend the frame of national borders. It is a crude challenge to the whole of mankind, at least to civilized mankind….Such an inhuman act must not go unpunished. The entire international community should unite in the struggle against terrorism.

PAKISTANI MILITARY RULER

General Pervez Musharraf

The world must unite to fight against terrorism in all its forms and root out this modern-day evil.

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

Tony Blair

As for those that carried out these attacks, there are no adequate words of condemnation. Their barbarism will stand as their shame for all eternity. This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world. The people who perpetrate it have no regard whatever for the sanctity or value of human life, and we the democracies of the world must come together to defeat it and eradicate it. This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. We here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy.

PALESTINIAN LEADER

Yasser Arafat

We are completely shocked. It’s unbelievable. We completely condemn this very dangerous attack, and I convey my condolences to the American people, to the American President and to the American Administration, not only in my name but on behalf of the Palestinian people.

LEBANESE PRIME MINISTER

Rafik Hariri

We express deep shock at what we have witnessed in New York and Washington….My condolences to the American President, George Bush, and the American people and their families…. These tragic actions contradict all human and religious values.

EUROPEAN UNION EXTERNAL RELATIONS COMMISSIONER

Chris Patten

This is an act of war by madmen. It is the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor. This is one of those few days in life that one can actually say will change everything.

SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER

Goran Persson

It is probably the largest attack we have ever seen against an open democracy, and therefore an issue for the entire democratic world. All democratic forces must form a united front.

GERMAN CHANCELLOR

Gerhard Schroeder

This is a declaration of war against the entire civilized world. Whoever helps or protects these terrorists violates all the fundamental values that make it possible for people to live amongst each other.

MEXICAN PRESIDENT

Vicente Fox

I want to express our solidarity, our support to all the victims and the relatives of victims of these acts of terrorism. We reiterate our total, categorical rejection of all forms of violence, of all forms of terrorism.

TALIBAN AMBASSADOR IN PAKISTAN

Abdul Salam Zaeef

It is premature to level allegations against a person who is not in a position to carry out such attacks.

Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the British people, may I express my heartfelt sympathy to the very many bereaved and injured and our admiration for those who are now trying to cope with these unfolding tragedies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

Ariel Sharon

Even if the war against terrorism takes time, there will be nowhere in the world where terrorists, their accomplices and their commanders will be able to find refuge. The fight against terrorism is an international struggle of the free world against the forces of darkness who seek to destroy our liberty and our way of life.

ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER

Silvio Berlusconi

I am shocked at the terrifying, insane terrorist attack, which has hit the people of a friendly nation as well as the conscience of the entire world.

ITALIAN PRESIDENT

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

These attacks require a full-blown fight against terrorism. We know that this fight is the way to defend the values that are at the basis of civil life and peace.

TALIBAN FOREIGN MINISTER

Wahil Ahmed Mutawakel

We criticize terrorism…. No one has accused Omar Bin Laden…. Just to connect it to some people, in my opinion, it is not logical.

NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER

Helen Clark

It’s the sort of thing the worst movie scenario wouldn’t dream up. It’s obviously a very sophisticated terrorist attack to get all that coordinated.

ISRAELI DEFENSE MINISTER

Binyamin Ben Eliezer

Terrorism by Islamic extremists represents the biggest threat to the free world. The aim of this terrorism is to destroy the foundations of democratic society and Westerners.

TURKISH PRIME MINISTER

Bulent Ecevit

The United States of America is face-to-face with one of the greatest tragedies in its history, something that could affect the entire world.

FRENCH PRESIDENT

Jacques Chirac

In these terrifying circumstances, the French people in their entirety stand beside the American people. They express their friendship and their solidarity in this tragedy.

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER

Jean Chrétien

It is impossible to fully comprehend the evil that would have conjured up such a cowardly and depraved assault.

THE LEADERS OF NORTHERN IRELAND’S JOINT PROTESTANT-CATHOLIC GOVERNMENT

Reg Empey and Seamus Mallon

It is hard to comprehend what could motivate anyone to cause such misery, destruction and deliberate loss of human life.

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